First rare riot in Singapore in over 30 years

A riot occurred in Singapore’s Little India on December 8, which saw police cars toppled and set alight. It was sparked by a fatal bus accident which left one dead.

A total of 39 officers – 22 from the police, 12 from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and five auxiliary – suffered injuries and lacerations, said the police. They have all been discharged from hospital.

In total, 25 emergency vehicles had been damaged, including 16 police cars, of which five had been set ablaze.


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Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during a riot in Singapore's Little India district, late December 8, 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/Dennis Thong/Lianhe Zaobao (SINGAPORE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 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

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Source: The Straits Times