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Fire and fury in protest against ‘dictator’ Rodrigo Duterte

March: Effigies of Mr
Duterte and Mr Trump
were set on fire as
protesters faced riot
police PICTURES: AP/EPA

PROTESTERS burned effigies of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte yesterday as they took to the streets amid fears he was moving the country towards a dictatorship.

They also set fire to an effigy of US president Donald Trump, an ally of Mr Duterte, and clashed with riot police in the capital Manila.

The protesters were involved in confrontations with supporters of the hardline president.

Leftist groups claimed Duterte supporters had tried to sabotage their rally by blocking roads and gathering in parts of the city which had been reserved for their demonstration.

Mr Duterte has suggested he may introduce a ‘revolutionary government’, which some fear will effectively turn him into a dictator if he rips up the constitution.

The rallies were timed to coincide with a public holiday honouring the 154th anniversary of the birth of the Philippines’ revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.