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Police disperse evicted Lagos shanty dwellers protest

Police broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos early Thursday, dispersing hundreds of former slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their waterfront homes.

Some 600 people from the Otodo-Gbame area of the Nigerian megacity, including women and children, had earlier on Wednesday marched to the office of the state governor.

They were among more than more than 30,000 people made homeless in the last year, as part of a move by the city authorities to remove shanty towns.

At least 11 people are said to have died and 17 others disappeared as the bulldozers moved in and residents were chased into the nearby lagoon.

Earlier this week, Amnesty International published a report calling the evictions from the poor fishing community “unlawful” and demanded an investigation into the violence.

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