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Armed with rocks and bottles, squatters clash with police as homes are demolished in the Philippines

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Policemen hold residents after a demolition operation turned violent in Manila, Philippines, Sept. 24.

Squatters clashed Monday with police during a demolition operation in Makati City, Manila's financial district, to clear the way for a local government project. More than 400 residents in the lot owned by the Makati City government have refused to leave the area despite promises of relocation. Local authorities plan to build a multi-purpose hall and a sports complex in the area. 

More than two million people in Metro Manila -- or roughly one fifth of the sprawling city's population -- live in shanty towns as so-called informal settlers. 

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Residents throw stones and beer bottles during a demoliton operation to clear a settlers area in Makati City on Sept. 24.

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Residents arm themselves with bottles and other objects to be thrown at police during a demolition operation in Makati City on Sept. 24.

Francis R. Malasig / EPA

Demolition crews dismantle shanties in the Makati financial district of Manila on Sept. 24.

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An illegal settler cries with her husband as they are detained by a member of the SWAT police team.

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Residents battle with police during the demolition of their shanties.

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