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Demolition continues at historic Bangkok fort community

  • Thai workers raze a house at Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 6, 2017. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai workers raze a house at Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 6, 2017. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017 photo, a motor-tricycle, or Tuk Tuk, is driven in front of Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017 photo, a motor-tricycle, or Tuk Tuk, is driven in front of Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thai workers raze a house at Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 6, 2017. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai workers raze a house at Fort Mahakan in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, March 6, 2017. Fort Mahakan, one of the last living vestiges of Old Bangkok, was built in the late 1700s and used to house palace guards. Thai authorities seeking to modernize the historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

Thai authorities seeking to modernize a historic Bangkok neighborhood have continued their demolition work to make room for a park despite the opposition of residents and preservationists.

The community living inside the walls of 18th century Fort Mahakan has been resisting eviction for decades. Around half of the original structures are now gone.

The city says the residents are squatters and wants to open a park for the public. But residents say the city is destroying historic structures. The teak houses built next to the old city's moat used to be home to palace guards.

Architects and professors say it's one of the last communities in Bangkok still maintaining a centuries-old way of life and believe it has potential as a tourist attraction if properly maintained.