Monday, April 24, 2006

The local Gaza Strip

Early in the morning of April 19, 2006, Demolition crews from the City Mayor's Office of Manila and elite SWAT members, spilled into the Baseco Compound, an informal settlement of more than 2000 impoverished families and attempted to demolish the homes of hundreds of families whose shanty homes are getting in the way of progress. The people showed resistance when they saw their homes slowly being torn to pieces. According to the residents, the government had not laid out any plans for their relocation. Elsewhere in the city during that morning, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was inaugurating a housing complex for the Philippine Military.:-)

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