President Rodrigo Duterte has queried long-standing ties with the US. Duterte in China: Conciliator-in-chief? Police arrested at least 23 people, who threw red paint at them and a member of the US forces at the embassy. Tear gas was used against the demonstrators, after they broke through a line of riot police. They also took control of the water hose of a fire truck being used to douse them and threw stones at police. It remains unclear how many people were injured by the police van and how serious their injuries are. Television footage of the incident shows the van driving into people at speed. At one point it knocks over a woman and drags her body along the road. The van brakes and she appears to scramble away. Renato Reyes of the left-wing activist group Bayan said at least three people were taken to hospital after being rammed by the van. Image copyright EPA Image caption The demonstrators were mostly students, workers and tribespeople Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters breached a line of riot police and were confronted with tear gas "Even as the president avowed an independent foreign policy, Philippines police forces still act as running dogs of the US," he said, adding there was "no justification" for the police violence.
Thais will only wear dark colors and there will not be any public celebrations for at least a month. The initial mourning period is likely to hit tourists in the country. Tourism Authority of Thailand said Friday that tourists can continue with their travel as planned and popular spots will remain open with exception of Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace in Bangkok due to the royal funeral rites. However, the U.S. the U.K. and New Zealand have issued advisories to its citizens and urging them to be respectful during the time. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the members of the Royal Family and the people of Thailand at this somber time. We urge U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Thailand to join us in showing respect by maintaining decorum during this extended period of profound mourning, U.S.
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