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A David Guetta track was used as a weapon against protestors

Protestors in the Philippines have been blasted with David Guetta and Akon’s track Sexy Bitch to try and disperse them, the ABC reports.

Up to 2000 farmers, students and members of left and labour groups protested against economic imperialism yesterday outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting in Manila, where world leaders including Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull were discussing free trade and security.

But when the protestors tried to break through the police barricade, the riot police hit them with their “secret weapon”: speakers playing David Guetta and other music at full volume.

The riot control playlist also included Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, The Bee Gees and The Temptations, with the volume (or possibly just the track selection) causing the protestors to retreat.

“That was a rude and desperate move,” rice farmer Redo Pena told the ABC; but a police spokesperson maintained that the loud music was intended to pacify the protestors, rather than torture them.

“Filipinos in general love music, and it has a calming effect for everyone,” chief inspector Kimberly Gonzales said. “This goes well with our maximum tolerance policy during protests.”