2 July: Philippine slum dwellers hurling rocks, improvised explosives and human excrement fought running battles with riot police Monday around a sprawling Manila shanty town that is set for redevelopment, an AFP photographer saw.
Police said an officer was hospitalized with a head injury while several residents of the North Triangle slum were briefly detained, though none were charged and were later released.
Police moved in as traffic backed up after squatters erected barricades across a street, said the district’s police chief, Senior Superintendent Richard Albano. “We arrested some people, but later decided to release them,” Albano told ABS-CBN television in an interview.
Residents hurled projectiles at officers who baton-charged them from behind shields. An AFP photographer said rocks, spikes and nails packed in small containers, as well as faeces, were hurled at the police. Continue reading “Manila, Philippines: squatters battle riot police”
19 November: An inmate died while two others were injured in a riot inside Marikina City Jail, Manila, on Sunday afternoon.
The lone fatality was identified as Roel Diaz, who died from a gunshot wound during the scuffle at around 4:30 p.m. at the jail, located on the 5th floor of the Marikina City Justice Hall.
Police said the riot sparked during the inmates’ protest against some of the jail’s policies, including the requiring of visitors to take off their clothes during inspection. A police report said jail guards responded to the riot by firing rubber bullets. However, Diaz and two other inmates, identified as Jayson Malicdin and John Cariño, sustained gunshot wounds. Continue reading “Philippines: 1 killed, 2 hurt in Marikina jail riot”
25 September: More than a dozen people have been injured in Manila as riot police moved-in to clear a squatter settlement in an old Philippines Government compound.
Families had refused to move as they had been offered relocation to an area more than 70 kilometres from Manila where there was little chance of finding employment.
Volleys of rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails just delayed the inevitable, earning retaliation from water cannon and tear gas.
Several people were arrested and people on both side of the battle lines suffered injuries.
About 250 families had lived in the abandoned government compound in Makati, just a few kilometres away from the central business district. Continue reading “Philippines: Manila squatters clash with police”
April 23: At least one resident was killed and many injured as squatters clashed with heavily-armed riot police in Paranaque, a suburb of Manila.
Hundreds of people burned tyres, hurled rocks, bottles and bags filled with fish innards at the police. Authorities wanted to demolish a market place and squatters were told that they would also be moved out of their homes. Continue reading “Manila, Philippines: One person killed as squatters clash with police”