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Independence Day rallies banned in Manila

Ralph Edwin Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - June 12, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) will not allow protesters to stage rallies in the city to mark Independence Day today.

“No, they will not be allowed (to hold protests),” MPD director Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco told The STAR yesterday.

He said the MPD, which is on full alert, will deploy 700 police officers to all areas where rallies are usually held to comply with health protocols set by national government to prevent mass gatherings.

The MPD also blocked off protesters during the Labor Day protests last month.                

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