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In pictures: Philippines emergency

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo declared a state of national emergency on Friday, after the army said it thwarted an attempted coup.

Government troop reinforcements arrive at army HQ near Manila

Mrs Arroyo has authorised the military and police "to take ample measures" - emergency rule allows arrests without warrants and extended detention without charge.

A protester burns a picture of President Arroyo

Recent rallies fuelled rumours of a coup timed to coincide with Saturday's 20th anniversary of the ousting of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Shipping containers used as barricades outside the presidential palace

Extra soldiers have been sent to strengthen security around the presidential palace, where shipping containers are being used as barricades.

Policemen inspect students' bags outside the presidential palace

Checkpoints have also been erected around the capital, Manila, as the military step up its security efforts.

Catholic nuns approach barricades outside the presidential palace

The President's chief of staff has said the emergency powers would not be used against ordinary Filipinos.


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