A police van barreled into a crowd of anti-US protesters on Wednesday, wounding several demonstrators who were calling for an end to American military presence in the Philippines.
An Associated Press (AP) video showed the van driven by a police officer sprinting back and forth about 20 meters into the crowd, which had surrounded the vehicle in front of the US embassy, hitting it with batons seized from antiriot police.
The van scattered the protesters, hurtling some like bowling pins. A few got ran over but somehow managed to stand.
One of them, Jessica Agustin, was pinned under the vehicle, a front tire missing her head by only a few centimeters.
Other protesters pelted the van with red “paint bombs” as they tried to stop it from running over them. Other police officers could be seen doing nothing to stop the van from hurting more people.
The police also used teargas to disperse about 1,000 protesters as they were about to end their rally, said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes.
“There was absolutely no justification for it,” Reyes said of the police action. “Even as the president vowed an independent foreign policy, Philippine police forces still act as running dogs of the US.”