Huge anti-Arroyo protest in Manila

MANILA: Protesters swarmed Manila's financial district on Wednesday for the biggest rally yet to pressure President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit over vote-rigging allegations, as security forces went on full alert amid fears of terror attacks and swirling coup rumours.

Police estimated 30,000 persons had gathered by afternoon, some carrying a huge banner reading ``Goodbye Arroyo,'' as protest supporters rained confetti on the crowd from nearby buildings. — AP

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