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.
Police responded with tear gas. Police say one man was found dead
with a gunshot wound to the head, after the rioters dispersed. A local
broadcaster showed footage of a policeman firing an assault rifle
towards the rioters as the police were showered with rocks. A hospital
worker said some of those injured had gunshot wounds.
A village watchman was also shot and is in a critical condition in hospital.
More than two million people in Metro Manila — or roughly one fifth
of the sprawling city’s population — live in shanty towns as squatters.
Violent clashes between riot police and squatters are frequent.