Anti-Trump protesters clash with riot police as ASEAN summit begins
November 13, 2017 | 11:53 AM
by Times TV

About one thousand protesters scuffled with riot police in Manila as an ASEAN summit began, rallying against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump.

About one thousand protesters clashed with riot police in Manila on Monday (November 13) rallying against the visit of United States President Donald Trump as a two-day regional meeting kicked off.

Around 500 police armed with batons and shields hosed down protesters to prevent them from reaching the Philippine International Convention Center, where meetings between leaders of the 10-member Southeast Asian countries were taking place.

At least one policemen was seen to have been injured in the clashes but no major injuries have been reported so far.

Philippines is also the final leg of Trump's five-country Asia trip where he will meet Southeast Asian leaders and leaders from East Asia Summit countries, like China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, in a two-day meeting.

Prior to his arrival in Philippines, Trump said he was prepared to mediate in the dispute over the South China Sea, where four ASEAN countries and Taiwan contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

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