Two killed in Philippines as police disperse drought protest

3 April, 2016 12:00 AM printer

MANILA: Two people were killed in the southern Philippines after clashes between police and thousands of drought-hit farmers protesting over a lack of food, a demonstration leader said Saturday, reports AFP.
Patches of blood stained a parched highway in impoverished Kidapawan city, capital of Cotabato province, which had been barricaded by 6,000 farmers since Wednesday to demand 15,000 sacks of rice from the government.
Gunshots were fired and rocks hurled into the air during a scuffle between police and demonstrators on Friday, an AFP photographer on the scene saw, as the authorities tried to disperse the crowds.