Friday, May 11, 2012

Philippine police stop burning of Chinese flag

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine police have stopped an activist from burning a Chinese flag outside China's consulate in Manila amid the two countries' monthlong stand-off in the South China Sea. The Philippine government distanced itself from Friday's protest, but spokesman Abigail Valte said freedom of expression is guaranteed. Tensions have risen since both countries deployed vessels to claim sovereignty over a tiny uninhabited shoal. The Chinese Embassy warned its citizens in the Philippines ahead of the protest. Organisers say they will also rally outside Chinese missions in New York, Singapore and Rome.