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Philippine forces remove shanty towns

Inhabitants of shanty towns in parts of the Philippine capital city Manila have been forcibly removed by government forces. Homes have also been destroyed as part of the clear-out, undertaken in order for the government to redevelop the business district in a joint venture with a private firm. More than two million people in Metro Manila – or roughly one fifth of the city’s population – live in shanty towns as so-called ‘informal settlers’.

Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Residents carry a woman (C) that collapsed after seeing her home destroyed during official operations to dismantle an informal settlers' area in Manila on January 28, 2014. Officials worked for a second day to remove the residents as the government wants to redevelop the business district in a joint venture with a private firm. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Members of a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team search for residents who throw rocks and bottles at policemen and a demolition crew during a demolition operation in a squatters area in Manila on January 27, 2014. The government wants to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
A mother (L) comforts her daughter (R) after a demolition crew dismantled their house in an area in Manila on January 28, 2014. Officials worked for a second day to remove the residents as the government wants to redevelop the business district in a joint venture with a private firm. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Residents throw stones and bottles at policemen during a demolition operation in a squatters area in Manila on January 27, 2014. The government wants to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Policemen in complete riot gear stand in formation during the demolition of an informal settlers' area in an area in Manila on January 28, 2014. Officials worked for a second day to remove the residents as the government wants to redevelop the business district in a joint venture with a private firm. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
A resident cries after teargas is fired during a demolition operation of a squatters area in Manila on January 27, 2014. The government wants to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Residents are captured by policemen after throwing stones at security forces during a demolition operation in a squatters area in Manila on January 27, 2014. The government wants to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
A residents throws a stone and at policemen during a demolition operation in a squatters area in Manila on January 27, 2014. The government wants to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
An 'informal settler' gathers her belongings as workers (background) demolish her house in Manila on January 27, 2014. Hundreds of 'informal settlers' houses were demolished by local government authorities to make way for a commercial development. (AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine forces remove shanty towns
Residents at an 'informal settler' area man a barricade in front of anti-riot police (background) during a demolition operation of 'informal settlers' houses in Manila on January 27, 2014. Hundreds of 'informal settlers' houses were demolished by local government authorities to make way for a commercial development. (AFP/Getty Images)