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6 cops hurt as violence breaks out in Laperal compound

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 07:42 PM April 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) At least six policemen were wounded Wednesday afternoon when residents of the Laperal compound in Guadalupe, Makati City hurled stones and bottles at a demolition team that tried to enter the private compound.

The incident came a week after the residents lost their homes to a fire and as they appealed to the city government for a dialogue or public consultation with them before evicting them from the private property.

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The atmosphere grew tense as civil disturbance unit and a demolition team from the Makati government prepared to evict the residents, who refused relocation after fire hit the compound Tuesday last week.

Firefighters trained a water cannon on residents who formed a human barricade to prevent the entry of the demolition team.

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Last week’s fire razed some 900 houses, leaving around 2,500 families homeless.

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