- Title: PHILIPPINES: Police and protesters clash at Asian summit
- Date: 1st August 2007
- Summary: (W2) MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 1, 2007) (REUTERS) WIDE VIEW OF ASEAN MINISTERS AND U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN NEGROPONTE IN CONFERENCE HALL NEGROPONTE SHAKING HANDS WITH OFFICIAL SINGAPOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER GEORGE YEO CONVENING MEETING SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN NEGROPONTE SAYING: "I can personally attest to the enduring commitment of the United States to ASEAN." U.S. NUCLEAR ENVOY CHRISTOPHER HILL LISTENING WIDE VIEW OF CONFERENCE HALL WIDE VIEW OF MEETING BETWEEN EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE JAVIER SOLANA AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS MYANMAR OFFICIAL SEATED AT TABLE BRUNEI FOREIGN MINISTER SEATED AT TABLE SOLANA AND OTHER DELEGATES SEATED AT TABLE SOLANA SPEAKING WIDE VIEW OF CONFERENCE HALL
- Embargoed: 16th August 2007 13:00
- Location: Philippines
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVAC49ZAV7HSBPF6AXN8DJBS3ZO1
- Story Text: As Southeast Asian ministers hold meetings in the Philippines with their counterparts from the EU, protesters clash with police who stop them from approaching the venue.
Leftist groups have clashed with riot police a few blocks away from the venue of talks between Southeast Asian ministers and the European Union in Manila.
Activists from organisations, including Focus on the Global South and Freedom From Debt Coalition, attempted on Wednesday (August 1) to storm the convention centre where meetings are taking place, only to be stopped by riot police.
Student activist Joseph de Jesus saying the protest was "a constitutional right of the people".
Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met with counterparts from Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, Russia and the United States, a day before attending a security summit.
Among those attending were EU High Representative Javier Solana and U.S.
Deputy Secretary Of State John Negroponte.
The Philippines will host Asia's largest security gathering, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), on August 2. Twenty seven countries will be present, including all those involved in the North Korea six-party talks.
ARF participants such as India and the U.S. held bilateral meetings on Wednesday (August 1) on the sidelines of the meeting.
North Korea and Iran's nuclear ambitions, the conflict in Iraq, reform in Myanmar, regional cooperation and the first draft of a constitution for ASEAN will be up for discussion in the ARF.
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