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Anti-Obama protests in Philippines

Police clashed in the Philippines with about 300 protesters opposed to a planned visit by US president Barack Obama and continued US military presence in the country.

Riot police holding up shields across a road to the US embassy were pushed back by the protesters, prompting the police to retaliate with truncheons. No arrests were made and there were no serious injuries in the scuffle.

Carrying placards saying "US troops out now" and "Obama not welcome", the protesters were allied with the May One Movement workers' federation. About 500 American soldiers are based in the south where they provide anti-terrorism training for Philippines troops. Protesters say their presence violates Philippine sovereignty.

Obama is scheduled to visit the Philippines in April as part of his four-nation Asian tour.

AP

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