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Police train their fire hose at protesters as the latter try to force their way closer to the U.S. Embassy for a rally against next week’s visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
"Obama not welcome."

Those were some of the words emblazoned on signs carried by Filipino protesters demonstrating against a visit to the Philippines by President Barack Obama this week, as well as a looming security pact that would increase U.S. military presence in the island country.

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manila protests
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Protesters shout slogans during a rally at U.S. Embassy against next week’s visit of U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Manila, Philippines
On Wednesday, police clashed with the protesters, using truncheons, shields and even a fire hose to halt individuals trying to force their way toward the U.S. Embassy, NBC News reported.
In one instance, a police officer was punched in the face by a demonstrator, according to CBS News. No arrests, however, were reportedly made.

manila protests
© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
manila protests
© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Police and protesters clash as the latter try to force their way closer to U.S. Embassy for a rally against next week’s visit of U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Manila, Philippines
Obama landed in Japan Wednesday and is scheduled to visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next several days.

TAP - The national slogan 'It's more fun in The Philippines' only applies as long as you keep your mouth shut about the appalling unfairness of the Philippine cartel economy where the corporations make fortunes and the ordinary people struggle with rising food prices and excessive electricity bills.  The climate is so fertile you can grow 5 maize crops in a single year, yet somehow they manage to not have enough food to go around.  All the big names like Dole, Del Monte are here to grow their fruits.  The Philippines is/should be The Garden Of Eden.  Yet the capital's streets are covered in hungry and dirty people sleeping on cardboard.  The suppression of any complaints is entirely brutal.