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Filipino activists deface entrance of US Embassy

Apr 16, 2012, 2:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Left-wing protesters in the Philippines have splattered paint on the seal of the U.S. Embassy to demand a pullout of American troops taking part in annual war games.

About 70 student activists took police and embassy guards by surprise early Monday when they threw blue-and-red paint at the seaside mission’s main gate and scrawled “U.S. troops out now.” They also chipped away letters from the bronze signage and burned a mock American flag.

No arrests were made as protesters outnumbered police and later walked away.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino troops are taking part in 12-day combat and disaster drills. This year they are taking place in the western Philippines, where tensions with China have been rising over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

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Filipino activists deface entrance of US Embassy