December 20, 2010
(UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – The protest-rally of illegal settlers in San Juan City turned violent today after one of the protesters tried to grab an anti-riot policeman’s gun, a radio report said.
The policemen deployed in the area in turn started hitting with truncheons some of the protesters after the shoving and pushing started.
The report added that protesters, joined by members of militant groups Bayan Muna and Gabriela, were about to leave after being told by San Juan police chief Procopio Lipana to disperse peacefully when the commotion began.
Authorities claimed that one of the protesters attempted to wrest a gun from a policeman.
The man, however, denied the allegation, saying that a policeman in civilian clothes infiltrated the ranks of the protesters.
The man was eventually arrested and handcuffed, the report said.
The illegal settlers trooped to the city hall to protest the impending demolition of their shanties in Brgy. Corazon de Jesus to give way for a road project.