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Violent clashes in Philippines city as homes are demolished

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Residents of a shanty community resisting eviction throw rocks at police and a demolition crew in Corazon de Jesus district of San Juan City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Jan. 11, 2012.

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A resident is collared by police during a violent demolition of homes in San Juan City on Jan. 11, 2012.

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Residents barricade a street to prevent police and demolition teams from demolishing their homes in San Juan City on Jan. 11, 2012.

Scores of people were hurt and dozens arrested during the disputed demolition of homes in San Juan City, east of Manila, Getty Images reports.

The demolition was carried out to make way for an extension of a new City Hall building, local government officials said. Residents have been occupying the space without permission for close to four decades and have rejected the government's offer to relocate them outside Metro Manila, citing loss of livelihood and lack of running water in the relocation site. 

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