US halts sale of 26,000 assault rifles to Philippines

US halts sale of 26,000 assault rifles to Philippines police amid human rights concerns | World news | The Guardian – Duterte said last month that innocent people and children were “collateral damage” in his war on drugs because police use automatic weapons when confronting criminals. In an interview with al-Jazeera he gave a hypothetical example of an officer using an M16 rifle when dealing with a “gangster” who wields a pistol. “When they meet, they exchange fire. With the policeman and the M16, it’s one burst, brrr, and [he] hits 1,000 people there and they die.” More than 2,300 people have been killed in police operations or by suspected vigilantes in connection with the anti-narcotics campaign since Duterte took office on 30 June.

Source: US halts sale of 26,000 assault rifles to Philippines police amid human rights concerns

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