• Short Summary

    IN A DRIVE TO PREVENT FURTHER COMMUNAL DISTURBANCES IN SINGAPORE, THE POLICE LAST SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 12TH) ARRESTED 76 PEOPLE IN THE CHINATOWN AREA, WHERE A MASS DEMONSTRATION WAS TO HAVE BEEN HELD AGAINST CONSCRIPTION.

  • Description

    IN A DRIVE TO PREVENT FURTHER COMMUNAL DISTURBANCES IN SINGAPORE, THE POLICE LAST SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 12TH) ARRESTED 76 PEOPLE IN THE CHINATOWN AREA, WHERE A MASS DEMONSTRATION WAS TO HAVE BEEN HELD AGAINST CONSCRIPTION. PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY DECREE IN SINGAPORE.

    THE ARRESTS CAME SOME HOURS AFTER THE LIFTING OF THE ISLAND-WIDE CURFEW, IMPOSED FOLLOWING NINE DAYS OF COMMUNAL DISTURBANCES BETWEEN CHINESE AND MALAYS.

    ARMED TROOPS AND RIOT POLICE CORDONED OFF CHINATOWN AND SET U BARBED WIRE BARRICADES. TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED, AND RADIO SINGAPORE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA.

    THE CAMPAIGN IN SINGAPORE AGAINST CONSCRIPTION IS SUPPORTED BY THE BARISAN SOCIALIST PARTY, AND EXTREME LEFT-WING UNIONS.

    ON THE DAY BEFORE THE LIFTING OF THE CURFEW (FRIDAY) THE POLICE DETAINED ABOUT 40 OFFICIALS OF THE PARTY AND SUPPORTERS IN AN EFFORT TO STOP ANTI-MALAYSIA ELEMENTS FROM AIDING IN INDONESIA'S "CRUSH MALAYSIA" CAMPAIGN.

    A POLICE STATEMENT SAID PRO-COMMUNIST ELEMENTS IN SINGAPORE HAD CHOSEN THE CHINATOWN AREA FOR THE ANTI-CONSCRIPTION DEMONSTRATIONS HOPING TO INVOLVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN CLASHES WITH ARMED TROOPS. THEY HAD ALSO, THE POLICE CLAIMED, EMPLOYED "GANGSTERS" TO BEAT UP PEOPLE TO PROVOKE THEM INTO CLASHING WITH THE POLICE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8UFGJ5C073S4CC1UK7ZAQCCZT
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UFGJ5C073S4CC1UK7ZAQCCZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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