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Aftermath of riot in Singapore

Sunday, Dec 08, 2013 - 00:36

Dec. 8 - A riot -- rare in the ordered city state of Singapore - breaks out when a foreign worker is killed when hit by a bus. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: 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. 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. The 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 around 10 police officers were injured and 27 people were arrested in relation to the event. Incidents like this are rare in Singapore, which has tough laws on rioting that carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison and possible caning. The breakout is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers. Last year Singapore saw its biggest outbreak of labor unrest in years when around 170 bus drivers from mainland China went on strike illegally.

Aftermath of riot in Singapore

Sunday, Dec 08, 2013 - 00:36

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