Giant Swastika-Armed Trump Set on Fire by Left-Wing Protesters in Philippines

An effigy of President Donald Trump was set on fire by protesters in Manila on Monday, marking the second consecutive day of protests against the American leader.

The 13-feet-tall model featured four swastika-style rotating arms, each holding a different item: a gun, a nuclear missile, an excavator and a sack of dollars, with a smaller effigy of Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte cowering behind it. “This is the fascist spinner” one protester called it on social media.

Hundreds of people protested Trump in the Philippines, the fifth and final leg of his Asia tour, where he was attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

One small stage was decorated with a poster reading “Ban Trump” as a singer sang the “Do you hear the people sing” tune from the French revolution musical Les Miserables.

11_13_Trump_effigy Protestors burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. Erik De Castro/Reuters

A left-wing Filipino movement known as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) organized protests against the American president, whom they describe as “a warmonger, racist and fascist who also supports repressive regimes” on each of the three days of the summit.

“Trump today is the biggest threat to peace,” Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr. said in a statement on the group’s Facebook page. “He wants to further open up economies of developing countries. He uses U.S. military aid to prop up fascist regimes that violate human rights, in exchange for acceptance of U.S. dictates,” he added.

11_13_anti-Trump_Protest Protesters burn an Amercian flag as they march in the streets of Manila on the day of President Trump's arrival on November 12, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Protestors from left-wing groups chanted anti-U.S. slogans as Trump was set to visit to the Philippines over the weekend for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, marking the last leg of his five-country Asian tour. Jes Aznar/Getty Images

The organization’s U.S. chapter also called for a three-day mobilization in solidarity with the protests in the Philippines. “The biggest  obstacle to genuine peace, democracy, development, and security in the region is not ISIS-affiliates in the Philippines or nuclear weapons in North Korea—it’s Trump and U.S. imperialism,” Bayan-USA secretary general Jessica Antonio said in a statement on the group's website.

On both Sunday and Monday, protesters were met with water cannons as authorities in anti-riot gear prevented them from reaching the venue where the summit is held and blocked a street leading to the U.S. embassy in Manila. According to the protest organizers, more than 20 people were injured and one person was arrested on Sunday.

11_13_Philippines_protests Protesters clash with anti-riot police, as they try to march to the venue of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017, where President Donald Trump is attending. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Trump, who met with Duterte Monday, said he enjoys a “great relationship” with his Philippine counterpart and the two are often compared to one another for their brash rhetorical style.

According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the two leaders discussed terrorism, illegal drugs and trade.

“Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs,” she said, quoted in Reuters, in reference to the “war on drugs” waged by Duterte which resulted in thousands of extra-judicial killings and drew severe criticism from human rights groups.

11_13_Trump_Duterte Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Donald Trump (R) during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

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