Philippine police turn water cannon on protesters trying to disrupt the APEC meeting in Manila. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Philippine security forces used water cannon to prevent hundreds of demonstrators from disrupting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting on Thursday (November 19), as leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama were gathering for the customary group photograph. The protesters, from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) left-wing activist group, were kept about a kilometre (a half mile) from the Philippine International Convention Center where the leaders, also including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, were arriving for the second and last day of the summit. At least one policeman was injured, the Philippine National Police spokesperson Wilben Mayor told reporters. He appealed to protesters to halt such action but said they would exercise maximum tolerance. The demonstrators chanted slogans such as "We will struggle!" and "Junk APEC!" while anti-riot police pushed the crowd back. The activists, who have decried Manila's hosting of the summit, said their protests would continue despite heavy security. Human rights and pro-labour groups have been protesting against the APEC summit, saying it works to benefit only multinationals and rich countries at the expense of developing economies. APEC, which accounts for 60 percent of global output and nearly half of world trade, is aiming for a larger free-trade area for its 21 economies by 2025.