Another demonstration in the Philippines has ended in violence. Police and troops in Manila last?
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Background: Another demonstration in the Philippines has ended in violence. Police and troops in Manila last night (Tuesday) fired shots in the air and used tear-gas to break up anti-American demonstrators.
The trouble grew out of a demonstration by 5,000 student and workers who took the day off to march on the United States Embassy. They were protesting against the arrest of students and teachers at a local college on charges connected with last month's firebomb attack on the Embassy.
The demonstrators straggled through the streets, holding up traffic and waving anti-American and anti-Marcos placards. For weeks now they have taken to the streets repeatedly to demand a broad range of political and social reforms and have objected to American influence in the Philippines.
Near the embassy, many of the demonstrators dispersed, but 1,000 militants remained in the area. When they began throwing firebombs in nearby parks, the police and troops who had been guarding the embassy moved in. 40 demonstrators were arrested and 20 injured - one with a gunshot wound and another with a fractured skull.