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Manila Pride March ends in arrest of 20

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At least 20 people were arrested by the police during the Pride March held in Mendiola, Manila Friday (June 26).

Ten members of the LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari, eight members of militant groups and two drivers have been detained at the Manila Police District. However, no formal charges have been filed against them.

According to the LGBTQ+ group Manila Pride, the protesters were observing physical distancing but they were forcibly arrested by the police after trying to disperse them.

“Hindi makatarungan ang pag-arestong ito at idinidiin ng Metro Manila Pride ang pagkundena sa karahasan ng militar at kapulisan, lalo na sa mga marhinalisadong komunidad at mga aktibista,” the group said in a statement.

Manila Police District General Assignment and Investigation Section chief Police Captain Arnold Echalar said the protesters were arrested for illegal assembly and violation of the prohibition on mass gatherings during the general community quarantine.

Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are banned under the GCQ status.