Protesters Burn Swastika-shaped Trump Effigy Ahead of Duterte Meet in Manila

The protesters, numbering an estimated 1,000, pushed back and triggered a confrontation with about 500 police officers

Protesters burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally to protest the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017.
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Some 1,000 protesters burned an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump in the shape of a swastika during his scheduled meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Monday.

Police used water cannons on the demonstrators as they marched along Taft Avenue, about 6 kilometers away from the venue of the leaders summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations.

The protesters, numbering an estimated 1,000, pushed back and triggered a confrontation with about 500 police officers.

Manila police district chief Joel Coronel said six police officers were injured, while rally organisers said 10 protesters were hurt, including two who were rushed to hospital after being hit on the head by police.

The demonstrators set the 13-foot Trump effigy on fire as the U.S. president was scheduled to meet with Duterte. The meeting, however, was delayed. Loud rap music with the lyrics "Out Trump" played as the effigy burned. 

The effigy symbolized "fascism, war, and plunder," said Renato Reyes Jr, secretary general of Bayan, one of the organisers of the protests.

It had four spinning arms, each holding holding a bag of money, a warhead, a pistol and a shovel. Trump sported a moustache in the style of former German dictator Adolf Hitler, with Duterte crouching behind him.

The demonstrators shouted anti-U.S. slogans, demanding the American forces leave the Philippines and Washington stop imposing imperialist economic policies in the country.

They had banners reading, "Ban Trump," "US troops out now" and "Down with US imperialism."

While the protests have been gaining international attention amid the ASEAN summit in Manila, a survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 69 per cent of Filipinos are confident that Trump will do the right thing regarding world affairs.

The number represents the greatest support for Trump in Asia, according to Pew Research, which added, "Globally, a median of just 22 per cent say they are confident that Trump will do the right thing when it comes to international affairs."