Philippine troops and SWAT teams stormed an upscale hotel on Thursday that dissident military officers commandeered after walking out of their coup trial and demanding that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resign.
At least two people were injured as troops and SWAT teams assaulted the Peninsula hotel in Makati, Manila's business district. An armored personnel carrier, earlier used as cover by the security forces, was used to crash through the roped-shut lobby entrance, where dense clouds of tear gas wafted through.
"For the safety of everyone, we're going out ... because we cannot live with our conscience if some of you get hurt in the crossfire," said Antonio Trillanes, one of the officers on trial.
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