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Police, Quake Survivors Clash in Pakistani-Kashmir


Pakistani police have used batons to break up a protest march by survivors of the October 8 earthquake protesting their eviction from a makeshift camp in Pakistani Kashmir.

Officials say the violence erupted Friday as some 200 people marched through the streets of Muzaffarabad. Police blocked their way, then began dispersing the crowd with batons, rifle butts and canes.

Several people were reported injured. Police made a number of arrests.

Officials say quake survivors had been asked to leave the informal camps set up throughout the city because the facilities lacked adequate sanitation and posed a public health risk.

International organizations say the 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed at least 86,000 Pakistanis and made some three million homeless. More than 1,300 people were killed in Indian Kashmir.

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