Scores of Philippine students were injured in clashes with police during an angry demonstration in Manila.
GV Students with placards and banners assembled on the steps of the University of the Philippines
CU Sign "Palma Hall College of Arts and Sciences"
SV PAN FROM Students with banners on steps to student addressing them through a megaphone
CU Linking hands around the edge of the demonstrators street
TV Large crowd of students marching and chanting
CU AND SCU Nun in march
CU AND SV Flashing red light on police vehicle and troops assembling with riot shields (3 shots)
SV PAN Riot police forming barrier across road with water cannon vehicles behind them
SV PAN Group of students standing with banner
SV AND CU Vice Governor of Metro Manila, Ismael Mathay, speaking to assembled students and students protesting at his remarks (3 shots)
GV Assembled security forces with loud hailers asking demonstrators to disperse
GV PAN Demonstrators dispersing
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Background: Scores of Philippine students were injured in clashes with police during an angry demonstration in Manila. The students were demonstrating against increases in tuition fees.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly five thousand students prepared for the protest rally outside the University of the Philippines in Manila. It was the biggest protest march since the declaration of martial law eight years ago. The students came from twelve Manila universities and colleges which had been the scene of unruly class boycotts during the past week.
Then linking arms to form a human cordon around the mass of demonstrators they began their march from the university to the Education Ministry building near Parliament. As they marched they chanted protest slogans.
Some tutors joined the students in the rally.
Higher school fees ere not the only actions that the students were concerned about. Police watched as students also protested over what they considered to be inaction over improvement of facilities and the hiring of better qualified teachers.
At Parliament, riot police formed a barrier across the road backed up by water-canon vehicles.
The Vice-Governor of Metro Manila, Ismael Mathay, spoke to the students in an effort to diffuse their anger but his words seemed to go unheeded.
The security forces then told the demonstrators to disperse. Witnesses say that several dozen civilians trained in anti-riot tactics charged the students. Police refused to say how many were arrested. All forms of demonstrations are banned in the Philippines under the martial law imposed by President Ferdinand Marcos.