Residents attempt to stop bulldozers and workers entering to destroy their illegally built homes in Mingalardon, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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Hundreds of Myanmar families were left destitute Tuesday after government workers used mechanical diggers to flatten swathes of Yangon slum housing as the bitter competition for land intensifies in the fast-industrializing city.Yangon authorities, the city's police force and the president's office all declined to comment on the eviction.Myanmar's largest city is at the center of huge changes that have swept through the long-isolated country under a quasi-civilian government that replaced junta rule in 2011, attracting surging investment in response to political and economic reforms.The changes have also sparked a scramble for land, causing challenges across the country, where the state legally owns all land and the army stands accused of rampant land-grabbing.
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