Friday, March 11, 2005

Malabon City, Philippines - Barricades have sprung up around a 5-hectare squatter colony, which is home to approximately 4,000 families. The fortifications have been prepared in expectation of the enforcement of a pending eviction order, recently upheld by the Metropolitan Trial Court. Residents had already stormed city hall and denounced the mayor for not taking the necessary steps to turn over the land to the squatters, as previous mayors had begun to do. Residents have armed themselves with clubs, molotov cocktails, and improvised guns. Community leader Amy Criss vowed “We will fight. We will kill and die for our homes if we have to. If they will come here to demolish our houses. They should think twice. There will be bloodbath if they would try to destroy our homes,”