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Boy shot dead as police clear slum

A further 15 injured in violent protest

A clash between police and shanty dwellers left a 15-year-old boy dead A clash between police and shanty dwellers left a 15-year-old boy dead
  • ucanews.com reporter, Tarlac City
  • Philippines
  • October 3, 2012
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A 15-year-old boy was killed and 27 others were hurt when residents clashed with about 100 policemen during a demolition of shanties in a slum in Tarlac City yesterday.

John Cali Lagrimas, a resident of San Francisco village, was shot as police defended the demolition team from residents who threw rocks and empty bottles.

Superintendent Arnel Ramos said the policemen were implementing a court order for residents to vacate an area that was claimed by its rightful owners. "We were negotiating with their leaders when people started throwing rocks and bottles," he said.

Residents, however, said the policemen did not present a court order and rights groups have criticized the violence.

The demolition of the shanties was "obviously illegal, and a clear violation of the residents' basic rights," said Joseph Canlas, local coordinator of the workers' party Anakpawis.

"We condemn this killing and the violent demolition. It is clearly a violation of [the police's] own rules of engagement, due process and the basic rights of the urban poor," he said.

At least 68 families have been occupying the area in Tarlac, about 150 kms north of Manila, for 51 years. They claim to have been paying rent to the landowners.

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