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Manila Protests Against US Military Base Expansion, Confront Police During Obama Visit

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posted on Apr, 25 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Police armed with truncheons, shields, and water hoses defended the United States Embassy in Manila Wednesday, when 100′s of concerned citizens rallied to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Riot policemen blocked the people near the heavily fortified embassy compound, but the protesters tried to make their way to the Embassy.

Some of the protesters carried paper US flags with the message: “Obama, not welcome.”

“Obama’s visit is not a symbol of friendship, but signals the US’ plan to re-occupy the Philippines. He will meet with his puppet Aquino to push for measures that would further tighten the US’ economic, military and all-around control over the country,” said Roger Soluta, secretary-general of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno, one of the groups presented at the protest.

KMU warned that it will hold protests when Obama sets his foot in the country on April 28. The civil disturbance and management teams of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are already preparing for the protests, especially in areas identified as “no rally zones,” said PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Sindac.

The Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) will allow more US troops, aircraft, and ships to be temporarily stationed in selected Philippine military camps as a counterweight to China and as a standby disaster-response force.

“By allowing the US to establish de facto military bases all over the country, the Aquino government is further attacking the interests of the Filipino workers and people. The AEDC is a gross violation of our national sovereignty and poses danger to Filipinos’ lives and properties and to the country’s environment,” said Soluta.

This yet another message being sent to overreaching Governments that they're not wanted or needed in every nation on the globe.

Like the US can afford to install yet another "presence" in a nation which it's citizens protest it?

Talk about alienating itself...

posted on Apr, 25 2014 @ 02:03 PM
Our government has worn out it's welcome in so many places now. It is good that more people are starting to speak out .what we need now is for the American people to wake up and see what is going on.

posted on Apr, 25 2014 @ 02:26 PM
Well, lets take a little look at the ol' KMU then...

Terrorist Connections
KMU is allied with the terrorist organization NPA (New Peoples Army)which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). They have been conducting extortion activities in areas that are under their influence. Murder of former NPA members and people suspected of being against the movement is also one of the crimes they have committed.

Chinese Support
As with their parent organization (NDF - CPP), KMU reciprocates the assistance being provided by the Peoples Republic of China by supporting their claim on the West Philippine Sea against the government of the Republic of the Philippines.

Wiki icky

Lets see, a group formed with support from the PRC and with professed communistic beliefs, also with open connections to violent terrorist groups. One that also openly supports Chinese annexation of the disputed island chain in the South China Sea protesting a visit from the POTUS during an up-tick in the local tensions over said islands.

Wow, that sure a surprise....


How could anyone tell the difference between such a small demonstration and normal rush hour traffic in downtown Manila?

posted on Apr, 25 2014 @ 02:29 PM
Give it time and we will have protests in Europe about closeing down US military bases here due to all this Ukraine stuff.

The cheek of the USA to try to tell Europe how much we need to spend on defance

posted on Apr, 25 2014 @ 02:49 PM
Well considering that the US has an 85% approval rating in the Phillipines and that they have been courting the US to base forces there (as have most the states in the region like Australia, Vietnam, Thialand etc.) then we already know that the Phillipine population wants the US there. Also for people who wonder how the word feels about US global leadership compared to other you can look here Global Leadership Polling. Some interesting things to note. How unpopular the US was before 2009. Even less popular than China. Since then the US has recovered and dominated the top spot with both China and Russia dropping. This is before the crisis in Ukraine and I can imagine that Russia's numbers would be even lower now.
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posted on Apr, 26 2014 @ 03:32 AM
I was at the old Subic bay military base one time when the Philippine workers on base went on strike.

The base just closed the gates with the workers Picketing outside the gate.

That lasted about 2 days. Then the bar girls in Olongapo got mad at having no customers.

The bar girls descended on the striking Philippine workers and started whopping ass.


most of the Philippine people love the money that the US military passed into there economy and miss the days of the US
military bases,

ex member american legion post 4 olongapo.

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