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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Protesters have clashed with police near the U.S. Embassy in Manila, where about 100 of them marched to mark Philippine-American Friendship day with a call to junk a new pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to be temporarily based in the country.

A policeman and a protester were slightly hurt Friday as demonstrators pushed their way toward the embassy and riot police shoved them back with truncheons and shields.

Vencer Crisostomo, chairman of Anakbayan youth group, says the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement signed in April is an “unequal agreement” that is a “sellout of our national sovereignty.”

He says the arrangement will not be a deterrent but instead will worsen tensions between China and the Philippines, which are embroiled in a territorial row in the South China Sea.

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