Four people were hurt as violence broke out in a depressed community in Quezon City where some 80 families tried to resist authorities from demolishing their houses on Tuesday, July 14, according to radio reports.
Among the injured in the melee in Barangay (village ) Culiat on Luzon Avenue was an old lady whose wound on the forehead had to be stitched up, a police officer who stepped on a broken bottle hurled by residents, a member of the demolition team who fell from the roof of one of the houses and Greg Montegrande, photographer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) newspaper, according to reports.
First aid was administered to the victims who were among the protesters who clashed with members of the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO), Special Weapons Action Team (SWAT), and Quezon City police.
Branch 19 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered the demolition that was first carried out in March but which was called off after a similar encounter injured nine and led to the arrest of several others.
The demolition was stopped in April after Rep. Jose Belmonte of the Sixth District of Quezon City intervened. Abbie Escarilla