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Communist Party Labeled Terrorist by U.S.

August 10, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. State Department designated the Communist Party of the Philippines as a foreign terrorist organization.

The party's military wing, known as the New People's Army, has been fighting for three decades to establish a Marxist state.

"The New People's Army strongly opposes any U.S. presence in the Philippines and has killed U.S. citizens there," Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said in a statement. The terrorist designation makes it illegal for U.S. residents to give the group money or other support and requires U.S. banks to freeze the group's assets.

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