Makati demolition protest blocks EDSA

by Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2012 07:35 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 03:35 AM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines - For about 2 minutes on Monday, activists and residents of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City blocked all 6 lanes of Edsa northbound, holding placards towards motorists in protest of the ongoing demolition at Guatemala Street in Makati City.

Members of Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon, Anakbayan, and Kadamay said they are making residents of Guatemala feel that they are not alone, as a violent demolition also occurred in Sitio San Roque early this year.

The short protest was enough to cause problems on EDSA's northbound lane, as it aggravated rush hour vehicular traffic.

Motorists angrily honked their horns non-stop until the protesters retreated to the side of the road. Police officers, alarmed at the surprise move, sent for back-up.

A noise barrage followed wherein protesters banged rocks on the metal fences that are now surrounding the area where their homes once stood prior to the demolition.

Security guards are now also guarding the premises of Sitio San Roque.

A large sign now advertises Vertis North, the joint development project of Ayala Land and the National Housing Authority, in the area.