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Demonstrations against Philippines president turn violent, fiery

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Filipino protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a demonstration on a road leading to the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, Monday, July 23. President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address on Friday, as Filipino activists hold protests demanding government attention to cases of human rights violations, improved agrarian reform, poverty alleviation, job security and the removal of US troops deployed in the Philippines.

Demonstrators in the Philippines protested President Benigno Aquino III's state of the nation address on Monday. The protesters called for government attention on human rights, poverty, jobs, and several other issues, the European Pressphoto Agency reports, while Aquino's remarks largely focused on issues with China.  According to Reuters, Aquino addressed the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, and said he planned to beef up the nation's military.

 

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Policemen wear raincoats as they form a barricade during a demonstration against Philippine President Benigno Aquino's state of the nation address near the legislature building in Manila on Monday, July 23.

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Riot police scuffle with a man as demonstrators try to get closer to the Philippine Congress, Monday, to protest the third State of the Nation address of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines.

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Policemen hide under their shields as anti-government protesters throw rocks during a demonstration against the state of the nation address of Philippine President Benigno Aquino near the legislature building in Manila on Monday..

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