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Junk APEC! Activists Protest APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines

Ahead the kickoff this week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila, Philippines, social movements, labor unions, Indigenous groups, farmer organizations, and international activists have been protesting APEC 2015 for promoting an economic development model that has worsened poverty and inequality in the Philippines and beyond.

 U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Manila on Tuesday morning for the two-day summit scheduled to take place on Nov.18-19 but protesters criticizing U.S. policies condemned his visit.

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Members of "Bayan" (My Country) movement burn a mock U.S. flag near the U.S. embassy ahead of the start of the APEC summit in Manila.
Members of "Bayan" (My Country) movement burn a mock U.S. flag near the U.S. embassy ahead of the start of the APEC summit in Manila. Photo:Reuters
Activists carry signs with slogans like “No to imperialist globalization!” while burning a mock U.S. flag during an anti-APEC protest.
Activists carry signs with slogans like “No to imperialist globalization!” while burning a mock U.S. flag during an anti-APEC protest. Photo:Reuters
Dozens of protesters burn a mock U.S. flag in an APEC protest.
Dozens of protesters burn a mock U.S. flag in an APEC protest. Photo:Reuters
Activists burn a U.S. flag replica made of paper during an anti-APEC rally.
Activists burn a U.S. flag replica made of paper during an anti-APEC rally. Photo:Reuters
Members of the “Bayan" movement display placards as they try to march to the U.S. embassy.
Members of the “Bayan" movement display placards as they try to march to the U.S. embassy. Photo:Reuters
Activists hold up torches while marching towards to the U.S Embassy in an anti-APEC protest.
Activists hold up torches while marching towards to the U.S Embassy in an anti-APEC protest. Photo:Reuters
Policemen and soldiers block dozens of members of "Bayan" movement as they march towards the U.S. embassy in Manila.
Policemen and soldiers block dozens of members of "Bayan" movement as they march towards the U.S. embassy in Manila. Photo:Reuters
Soldiers block members of "Bayan" (My Country) activist group near the U.S. embassy during an anti-APEC protest.
Soldiers block members of "Bayan" (My Country) activist group near the U.S. embassy during an anti-APEC protest. Photo:Reuters
Student protesters clash with Philippine police during a rally near the U.S. embassy ahead of APEC 2015.
Student protesters clash with Philippine police during a rally near the U.S. embassy ahead of APEC 2015. Photo:Reuters
Protesters push back shields of anti-riot policemen during a rally ahead of APEC.
Protesters push back shields of anti-riot policemen during a rally ahead of APEC. Photo:Reuters
Dozens of student protesters clash with the Philippine police in an anti-APEC rally ahead of the summit.
Dozens of student protesters clash with the Philippine police in an anti-APEC rally ahead of the summit. Photo:Reuters
The United States isn’t the only target of protests. Former police officer and local town Mayor Abner Afuang burns a Chinese flag to protest the visit of China President Xi Jinping, who will also attend APEC 2015.
The United States isn’t the only target of protests. Former police officer and local town Mayor Abner Afuang burns a Chinese flag to protest the visit of China President Xi Jinping, who will also attend APEC 2015. Photo:Reuters
Protesters burn an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in protest of the leader’s visit to Manila for the APEC summit.
Protesters burn an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in protest of the leader’s visit to Manila for the APEC summit. Photo:Reuters
A student displays placards during a protest in front of the university in Manila on Nov. 5 in the lead-up to APEC 2015.
A student displays placards during a protest in front of the university in Manila on Nov. 5 in the lead-up to APEC 2015. Photo:Reuters
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