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The recent riot in Singapore’s Little India has stirred up an important debate.

7/14/2014 12:57:44 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

The sudden outbreak of violence in Little India on December 8 after a bus ran over a young migrant Indian worker Sakthivel Kumarvelu came as a jolt to a country that is regarded as one of the safest places in the world. 

This is the first major riot in Singapore in more than 40 years and the government has decided to issue a stern warning and deport 53 people who were identified for their participation in the riots. Of these 52 were Indian nationals while one was from Bangladesh.

At a news conference, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean announced this decision and said that they had “failed to disperse despite police’s orders to do so”.

He also added that they had “impeded the riot control and emergency rescue operations” and that “their actions and conduct had threatened public order, thus making their continued presence in Singapore undesirable”.

Immediately after the incident, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a Facebook post, called the riot a “very grave incident… 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”.

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