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Wednesday, 5th March 2008
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Filipino activists protest outside US embassy

Activists from the Philippines have demonstrated outside of the US Embassy in Japan.

A collection of approximately 30 protestors gathered outside of the US embassy, chanting anti-American slogans and burning a cardboard replica of the US national flag.

The protests are in relation to the alleged rape of a Filipino woman by a member of the US military in Japan.

"We are appalled and indignant that US troops in the Philippines, in Okinawa, Japan and elsewhere commit these acts with impunity," said Rita Baua, a representative for Bayan, the anti-imperialist alliance, established in 1985, which is behind the protests.

Maita Santiago, a representative from Migrante International, a multinational body for organisations representing Filipino migrants, added: "She and her family … deserve an immediate apology from the US government."

The foreign undersecretary of the Philippines has confirmed that the case involving the girl is still being investigated by local law enforcement officials.

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