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Philippine Protesters Ask Duterte to Stay Away From Trump

In London, meanwhile, protesters from the Bridges Not Walls group unfurled a banner on the city's iconic Tower Bridge reading: "Act now! Build bridges not walls"

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    Activists gathered in the Philippines and the United Kingdom Friday to protest the Inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. More than 200 marched toward the U.S. Embassy in Manila while others gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in London. (Published Friday, Jan. 20, 2017)

    Left-wing and Muslim activists urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a noisy protest to keep his promise of charting a foreign policy independent of America by staying away from Donald Trump who after he is sworn in as president on Friday.

    The more than 200 protesters burned a U.S. flag near the U.S. Embassy in Manila and called for an end to the presence of American troops in the country. They held up signs, including one that read "Donald Trump don't mess with the Philippines."

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    The protesters said they find Trump more alarming than Barack Obama because of his offensive remarks against immigrants and Muslims.

    "Obama sugar-coated imperialism but Trump has shown an in-your-face kind of imperialism," said protest leader Renato Reyes of the left-wing Bayan group, adding Duterte "should stick to his independent foreign policy."

    Duterte blasted Obama for criticizing his deadly crackdown against illegal drugs but congratulated Trump in a phone call. He sent his national security adviser and press secretary to attend Trump's inauguration.

    Troops prevented the activists from getting close to the U.S. Embassy's main gate.

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    In London, NBC News reported, protesters from the Bridges Not Walls group unfurled a banner on the city's iconic Tower Bridge reading: "Act now! Build bridges not walls," a reference to Trump's promise to build a wall on the Mexican border.

    In Nigeria, a separatist group said 11 people were killed by Nigerian security forces during a demonstration in support of Trump's inauguration. Police denied there were any deaths.

    Neither of the competing accounts could be independently verified.