Hundreds of left-wing activists clash with the police outside the U.S. embassy in Manila, while thousands march on a highway to commemorate the anniversary of a bloodless revolution that toppled a former dictator more than three decades ago. Rough cut. No reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Hundreds of left-wing activists clashed with the police outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Saturday (February 25) in an attempt to stage a rally marking the anniversary of a popular revolution that toppled a former dictator. Anti-riot police blasted the protesters with water cannons after they managed to create a human barricade leading to the embassy gate. Protest organisers said that several people had been mildly injured by water canons. Later on Saturday, thousands of activists marched on the main highway in Manila to demand "genuine change" promised by President Rodrigo Duterte, calling for the resumption of peace talks with Maoist-led rebels and the release of more than 400 political prisoners. About 7,700 people have died in Duterte's narcotics crackdown, with more than 2,500 people killed in anti-drug operations, according to police. Duterte's opposition warned of a possible return to authoritarian rule under Duterte, calling on Filipinos to stand up for truth and justice and demand a stop to the alleged extrajudicial killings. Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in 1986 following a popular revolt known as "People Power" and later died in exile three years after. He had ruled the Philippines for 20 years, during which time his family amassed an estimated $10 billion.