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Police battle protesters in Philippines slum riot

Published on Jul 1, 2013 5:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine slum dwellers hurling rocks, improvised explosives and human excrement fought running battles with riot police on Monday around a sprawling Manila shanty town that is set for redevelopment, an AFP photographer saw.

Police said an officer was hospitalised with a head injury while several residents of the North Triangle slum were briefly detained, though none were charged and were later released.

Police moved in as traffic backed up after squatters erected barricades across a street, said the district's police chief, Senior Superintendent Richard Albano.

"We arrested some people, but later decided to release them," Albano told ABS-CBN television in an interview.

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