1,000 rioters clash with police in Manila to protest APEC summit

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 18: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge trade unity but with the spotlight instead on a tense contest for territory in the South China Sea. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Protesters carrying flags from local organisations run past a fire after an effigy of an American eagle was set alight during a demonstration against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit currently taking place in Manila on November 19, 2015. Riot police fired water cannons at hundreds of protesters in the Philippine capital on November 19 in clashes close to the summit of Asia-Pacific leaders that included US President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Protesters burn an effigy of an American eagle during a demonstration against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit currently taking place in Manila on November 19, 2015. Police and protesters clashed on November 19 outside the gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders who were meeting for a summit dominated by a US-China tussle for regional influence. AFP PHOTO / Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti Apec protestors march towards the venue hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit of economic leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Asia-Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge trade unity but with the spotlight instead on a tense contest for territory in the South China Sea. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: A policeman and a anti APEC protestor shake hands near the venue hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit of economic leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Asia-Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge trade unity but with the spotlight instead on a tense contest for territory in the South China Sea. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: Anti APEC protestors clash with riot police as they attempt to get near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of Leaders on November 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Security has been beefed up as Asia Pacific leaders are meeting in Manila for a summit meant to forge international cooperation from trade to anti terrorism agreements overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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Hundreds of Philippine riot police clashed with about 1,000 activists on the last day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Manila.

Protesters chanted slogans such as "Junk APEC!" and waved banners as they advanced against the police barricade. They also torched a vulture effigy:

Effigy of US imperialism and APEC burns at #PHFightAPEC rally.

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The police used water cannons and canes to disperse the crowd that was trying to disrupt the convention just about a kilometer away.

Anti-riot police, patungo sa formation matapos ang anti-APEC rally sa Buendia | via@zhandercayabyab#APEC2015pic.twitter.com/thj0D41akS

— DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) November 19, 2015

World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are in the capital for the meeting this week.

APEC is a forum of 21 member countries, most in the Asia-Pacific, that accounts for nearly half of world trade, and aims to promote free trade between its members. Besides nations such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Mexico, the U.S. and Canada are also members.

Much of the opposition to the APEC summit has come from pro-labor groups that say APEC's objectives put rich countries ahead of developing nations.

Thousands of Anti-APEC militants now marching towards Roxas Boulevard@cnnphilippinespic.twitter.com/MIO2tC7IOz

— Rex Remitio (@RexCNNPH) November 19, 2015

Some of the protesters are from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance), a Filipino left-wing group demanding that leaders rework their policies to put national interest ahead of corporate profits.

Protest leader Renato Reyes told the Associated Press that over the past two decades "APEC and imperialist globalization have only benefited the rich countries while further impoverishing developing countries like the Philippines."

"These demonstrations will not stop, even if it means we have to go head-to-head against the entire police force and we have to break through all the barriers," said Charisse Bernadine Banez, chairperson of the League of Filipino Students activist group.

The police reportedly deployed some 30,000 troops in Manila ahead of the summit, in anticipation of local pushback. Authorities have also shut several roads and highways in the already frequently congested capital, in order to allow the world leaders to get to the meetings more smoothly.

Philippine National Police spokesperson Wilben Mayor told reporters that at least one policeman was injured in Thursday's clash, and urged protesters to cease demonstrations.

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