Protesters in front of US Embassy Ram By Philippine Police van

MANILA, Philippines: A police van has rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent at the American embassy in Manila.

Protest leader Renato Reyes says at least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were ran over by the van driven by a police officer.

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Television footage showed the van repeatedly ramming the protesters as it drove wildly back and forth after protesters surrounded it. Police later arrested several protesters who broke into a line of riot police and hurled red paint at the embassy.

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The violence happened as hundreds of protesters gathered to demand an end to the presence of U.S. troops in the country and to back a call for an independent foreign policy by President Rodrigo Duterte.