Blame game: Netizens clash over violent US embassy dispersal

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Blame game: Netizens clash over violent US embassy dispersal
The controversy at the embassy brought out the online community's gut reactions for either side

MANILA, Philippines – The violent clash between protesters from various minority groups and the police at the US embassy Wednesday, October 19, had everyone talking in recent days. Videos and photos of a police van plowing through protesters have gone viral, and many have condemned the violence, from students of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, to the communist National Democratic Front (NDF), to several senators and House representatives.

The ground commander and 8 other cops have already been relieved from their posts as they go through a police probe, though National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde refuses to label the incident “police brutality.”

What does the online community have to say about the incident at the embassy?

Some say it was the protesters’ fault for provoking the police in the first place, with a few even postulating that local communist groups were in on it in order to curry sympathy:


Others found it a clear instance of police brutality, and demanded that the cops be held accountable:

Still others insist that both groups were at fault:

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