Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Aftermath of Little India Riots

Update 15 Jan 2014

Singapore takes issue with NYT editorial on 'Singapore's angry migrant workers'



Singapore has released a strongly worded statement slamming the New York Times over an editorial it published last month entitled "Singapore's angry migrant workers".

The statement, which was undersigned by Singapore ambassador to the United States, Ashok Mirpuri, took issue with the editorial which claimed December's Little India riot was caused by the frustration of migrant workers over wages and living conditions.

Ambassador Mirpuri had written to the New York Times  a few days later after the editorial was published on December 28 and sought to clarify the facts.

related: Singapore’s Angry Migrant Workers

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anq7jC6_-k0

0.05: Mob overturned 1st Police car
0.20: White ambulance drove off
0.33: Mob overturned 2nd Police car
3.00: Red Vehicle (Fire Engine?) reversed, collided onto Police car and drove off
4.00: Mob attempted to overturn 3rd Police car


Crowd Battles Police in Singapore District

Riot in Little India is a very grave incident: PM Lee
A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with the police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday, a rare outbreak of violence in the city-state.

According to various reports, the disturbance began after a private bus struck and killed a foreign worker in the Little India area. Television footage showed a crowd of people smashing the windshield of a bus, and at least three police cars being flipped over.

The Singapore police said the trouble started after a fatal traffic accident. “Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 subjects where the subjects damaged five police vehicles and one ambulance,” the police said in a statement, adding that about 10 officers were injured.

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Accident triggers foreign worker riot in Singapore


Firemen douse a charred ambulance after a riot broke out in Singapore, in the early hours of December 9, 2013 (AFP, Roslan Rahman)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement that "whatever events may have sparked the rioting, there is no excuse for such violent, destructive, and criminal behaviour." "We will spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law," he added.

Five vehicles including three police cars and a civil defence ambulance were burnt while pictures and videos posted in social media showed two police cars being overturned by a cheering mob. Several private vehicles were also damaged in the fracas. The situation was brought under control after the elite Special Operations Command and Gurkhas working for the police arrived on the scene. The rare outbreak of public disorder in strictly governed Singapore took place in an area normally packed with thousands of workers, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, on their day off.

"Let me say that the incident that happened last night is intolerable. Rioting, destruction of property, it is not the Singapore way," Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee said at a news conference in the early hours of Monday morning. State-linked broadcaster MediaCorp said it was the first riot in Singapore since racial disturbances in 1969.

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Accident Leads to Street Violence in Singapore

Little India is usually crowded on Sundays, with many construction workers from Bangladesh and India gathering there to spend their day off. Violent episodes are rare in Singapore, which has tough laws on rioting that carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison and possible caning.

“This is a serious incident which has resulted in injuries and damage to public property,” said Teo Chee Hean, deputy prime minister and minister of home affairs. “Police will spare no efforts to apprehend the subjects involved in the riot.”

The disturbance is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers. Last year Singapore had its biggest outbreak of labor unrest in years when about 170 bus drivers from mainland China went on strike illegally.

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Death of South Asian worker triggers riot in Singapore


A report of Channel News Asia identified the dead worker as a Bangladesh national. However, this could not be independently confirmed

A riot broke out in Singapore's Little India neighborhood Sunday night, apparently after a Bangladeshi worker was hit and killed by a bus, a local television channel reported.

Hundreds of South Asian workers staged demonstration in Singapore late Sunday following the road accident, leaving 10 police officers injured and at least six vehicles damaged, police told AFP.

Channel News Asia showed dramatic pictures of burning vehicles and people attacking the windshield of a bus with sticks and garbage bins. It was not clear if anyone was injured in the rioting that began late in the evening

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Fatal crash sparks riots in Singapore

Singapore Riots
AFTER THE STORM: A policeman patrols the streets following the outbreak of violence

A crowd has set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore in a rare outbreak of rioting in the city state.

The incident on Sunday night reportedly started after a private bus hit and killed a foreign worker in the Little India area. Television footage showed a crowd of people smashing the windscreen of a bus, and at least three police cars being flipped over.

Singapore Police Force said the riot started after a fatal traffic accident. "Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 subjects where the subjects damaged five police vehicles and one ambulance," it said in a statement, adding that about 10 police officers were injured.

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Rioting Erupts in Little India, Singapore

Rioting Erupts in Little India, Singapore
The rioting that erupted in Little India, Singapore on Sunday evening has finally come under control, according to the local police. It had started among south Asian workers and there was damaging of police cars and other vehicles in the city state’s district of Little India according to eyewitnesses

This extremely rare outburst of public chaos, in harshly controlled Singapore, occurred in a place that is usually packed with over thousands of workers, mainly from the Indian subcontinent, spending time there while on their day off.

The riot was brought under control within about two hours or so but not before quite a bit of damage had been done.

The local police released a statement which said that 10 officers were injured, and five police vehicles, one emergency ambulance and numerous private vehicles had been damaged by at least 400 insurgents.

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Riot breaks out in Singapore's Little India neighbourhood

firemen ambulance riot singapore
Firemen douse a charred ambulance after riot breaks out in Singapore. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

A rare riot broke out in Singapore on Sunday night, apparently after a Bangladeshi worker in the Little India district was hit and killed by a bus, a local television channel reported

Channel News Asia showed dramatic pictures of burning vehicles and people attacking the windshield of a bus with sticks and refuse bins. It was not clear if anyone was injured in the rioting that began late in the evening. Such violence is unheard of in Singapore, an orderly, modern city-state known for strict punishments for crime and generally law-abiding citizen

In a statement, police confirmed that rioting took place but gave no details. It only said officers were on the scene in Little India, an area popular among Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Nepali expatriates

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Vehicles burned in Singapore riot after fatal road incident

A  police car and another vehicle ablaze on Race Course Road during a riot in Singapore’s Little India district today. Photograph: Desmond Wee/Straits Times/Reuters
A police car and another vehicle ablaze on Race Course Road during a riot in Singapore’s Little India district today. Photograph: Desmond Wee/Straits Times/Reuters

A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late today in a rare outbreak of rioting in the city-state.

The incident reportedly started after a private bus hit and killed a foreign worker in the Little India area. Television footage showed a crowd of people smashing the windscreen of a bus and at least three police cars being flipped over. 

Singapore Police Force said the riot started after a fatal traffic incident. “Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 subjects where the subjects damaged five police vehicles and one ambulance,” it said in a statement, adding that about 10 police officers were injured

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Hundreds of foreign workers torch cars and attack police in one of worst riots in Singapore for 40 years after Indian man killed by bus


Ten police officers were injured as 400 people rioted in Singapore's Little India neighbourhood on Sunday night

Hundreds of foreign workers set fire to cars and clashed with police during a riot in Singapore tonight

The disorder, which is rare in the city state, broke out in Singapore's Little India district after an Indian worker was reportedly hit and killed by a bus. It is believed to be the worst outbreak of violence in Singapore for 40 years

Ten police officers were injured as about 400 people rioted, flipping police cars and smashing ambulances with sticks and garbage bins

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Riot in Singapore's Little India



Residents in the area described the scene as "havoc". One resident said at one point he saw about 200 men surround the minibus that was involved in the accident

At least three busloads of police officers in riot gear responded to a riot that broke out along Race Course Road around 10pm on Sunday night. The mob believed to be made up mainly of foreign workers apparently attacked an ambulance and a traffic police highway patrol car responding to an accident earlier in the vicinity

The Singapore's Straits Times understands that a Bangladeshi worker was hit by a bus earlier and first responders were believed to be attending to the victim when the riot started. At least two vehicles were set on fire. According to preliminary reports from the ground, one of the vehicles on fire is an ambulance on fire. Also a few police cars were overturned and one was set on fire.

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Accident triggers foreign worker riot in Singapore

Police officers look at two overturned police cars along Race Course Road following a riot in Singapore's Little India district December 9, 2013. REUTERS
Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore late Sunday after being enraged by a fatal road accident, leaving 18 people injured and police vehicles burnt in the city-state's worst outbreak of violence in more than 40 years

A police statement said the disturbance started in the congested Little India district when a 33-year-old Indian man was killed after being hit by a private bus.

Police said about 400 people on the scene began rioting, attacking the bus as well as police vehicles after officers responded to reports of a commotion. Ten policemen, four civil defence staff and the bus driver and conductor were among the injured, but none were seriously hurt, officials said.

A total of 27 South Asian workers were arrested on charges of rioting, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus caning, police said 

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Full Coverage:
Saudi Gazette: Foreign worker riot shocks Singapore
Huffington Post: Riots Break Out In Singapore After Fatal Bus Accident
Zee News: Riots hit Singapore's Little India, 24 Indians arrested
Indian Express: 24 Indians arrested in Singapore after riots
CNBC.com: First riot in 40 years rocks peaceful Singapore
BBC News: Singapore bus death sparks riot
Reuters India: Singapore hit by rare outbreak of rioting
New York Times: Crowd Battles Police In Singapore District
Reuters: Singapore hit by rare outbreak of rioting
Sacramento Bee: Rare rioting shocks orderly Singapore
Bloomberg: Singapore Warns on Violence After Riot in Indian District
Taranaki Daily News: Crash sparks riots in Singapore
The Star Online: Singapore riot: 27 South Asians arrested
Wall Street Journal: Rare Riot Hits Singapore
New Tang Dynasty Television: Singapore Hit By Rare Outbreak Of Rioting
: Singapore riot: 27 South Asians arrested
: Rare Riot Hits Singapore
New Straits Times: Riot in Singapore's Little India
Business Times: Little India riot "under control": minister
Malaysia Sun: Vehicles burned in Singapore riot after fatal road incident
The Malaysian Insider: Accident triggers foreign worker riot in Singapore
Channel News Asia: 18 injured in Little India riot


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Riot sparked by death of Indian worker who was hit and killed by a bus on Sunday

The burnt remains of a car that was set on fire during a rare outbreak of violence in Singapore, where riots are punished severely
Ten police officers were injured as 400 people rioted in Singapore's Little India neighbourhood on Sunday night
Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during the riot in the Little India district on Sunday night
Singapore's civil defence officers extinguish burning vehicles after the riot was brought under control at about 1am local time
Police detain men following the riot. The violence is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers
Riot police cordon off the area in Little India after the riot was brought under control within hours
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (front right) inspects the damage. He said police will 'spare no efforts to apprehend the subjects involved in the riot'
Hundreds of people torched police cars and smashed ambulances after a Bangladeshi worker was reportedly hit and killed by a bus
Rioters damaged ambulances and clashed with police during the outbreak of violence, which is rare in Singapore
Police cars were overturned during the riot and politicians have vowed to find and arrest those who took part
People convicted of taking part in the riot could face up to seven years in prison or even be caned

Riot in Singapore's Little India

Two overturned police cars and several other damaged vehicles are seen following a riot near Singapore's Little India district
A view from a high-rise flat shows two overturned police cars (C) and several other damaged vehicles along Race Course Road following a riot near Singapore's Little India district December 9, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian. REUTERS/Stringer (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)
Little India
Black smoke is seen billowing near the Little India MRT station evening of Sunday, 8 December 2013
The burnt shells of vehicles are pictured along Race Course Road following a riot near Singapore's Little India district
The burnt shells of vehicles are pictured along Race Course Road following a riot near Singapore's Little India district December 9, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian. REUTERS/Stringer (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)
Singapore's Deputy PM Teo and Minister in Prime Minister's Office Iswaran look at the site of two burnt vehicles following a riot in Singapore's Little India district
Singapore's civil defence officers extinguish burning vehicles following a riot in Singapore's Little India district late December 8, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian. REUTERS/Dennis Thong/Lianhe Zaobao (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SINGAPORE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SINGAPORE
Police detain men following a riot in Singapore's Little India district

Police detain men following a riot in Singapore's Little India district, late December 8, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian. REUTERS/Dennis Thong/Lianhe Zaobao (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SINGAPORE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SINGAPORE
Officials stand around a bus with a smashed windshield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district

Officials stand around a bus with a smashed windshield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district, December 9, 2013. A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday, in a rare outbreak of rioting in the city state. Television footage showed a crowd of people smashing the windscreen of a bus, and at least three police cars being flipped over. The Singapore Police Force said the riot started after a fatal traffic accident in the Little India area. REUTERS/Rob Dawson (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)
A police officer walks with a riot shield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district
A police officer walks with a riot shield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district, December 9, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian. REUTERS/Rob Dawson (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)

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