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Katy Perry's Roar used to disperse protesters during Apec meeting

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Want to disperse a rowdy crowd of protesters? Play Katy Perry songs on full blast like what the police in Philippines did.

Hundreds of left-wing protesters rallied outside the venue in Manila where leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) group, including US President Barack Obama and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, were gathered for the second day of meetings, reported the Daily Mail.

World leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit wave during an official "family photo" in Manila on Thursday (Nov 19).  PHOTO: REUTERS

Activists chanted "Junk Apec" and "No to imperialism", in a bid to send their message across to Apec.

The situation soon turned violent as activists tried to break through police lines to move closer to the summit venue at the Philippine International Convention Center, according to RT.

Philippine police fire water cannon as they clash with protesters. PHOTO: AFP

When water canons failed to dispel the crowd, police turned to an unconventional method by blasting Katy Perry's hit song Roar at full volume.


Other hit songs were also played: Dolly Parton's Island In The Stream, David Guetta's Sexy B*** and the evergreen Bee Gees hit, How Deep Is Your Love.

So was The Temptation's soul classic My Girl.

The unorthodox methods seemed to work, as the protesters retreated.

Metro Manila police spokesman chief inspector Kimberly Gonzales said the music was not intended to trivialise the rally, but was aimed at de-escalating tensions.








BBC recently reported on how Westlife's My Love was used as a means of torture on Tanzanian Suleiman Abdullah, as an "enhanced interrogation techniques", by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The song was played repeatedly with heavy metal "at ear-splitting volume" to try and break Abdullah down.



Sources: AFP, Daily Mail, RT, BBC

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