Accusing President Donald Trump of representing “the worst aspects of U.S. imperialism,” hundreds of Filipinos protested in Manila on Friday ahead of his visit.
Protesters carried signs emblazoned with #BanTrump and chanting, “Trump, not welcome!” and “Fight U.S. imperialist war!”
The U.S. currently has 180 military bases in the Philippines, and the coalition of left-wing groups gathered to express concerns that Trump administration could establish more there.
Demonstrators also gathered outside Trump Tower in Manila, voicing concerns that Trump’s warm relationship with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte could gradually lead to their country’s involvement in the United States’ rising tensions with North Korea.
Trump, said the coalition called Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in an interview with Southeast Asia Globe, “is right now the biggest threat to regional peace with his provocations against North Korea.”
In the U.S. protests were also planned in at least four cities by the Filipino-American group BAYAN-USA. Demonstrators planned to congregate from Sunday …