It's business as usual at riot-hit Race Course Road

It's business as usual at riot-hit Race Course Road
The morning after the Little India riots, 9 Dec 2013.

SINGAPORE - As I arrived at Race Course Road early yesterday, I was expecting to see the area to be heavily guarded by the police.

To my surprise, there was no policemen, no patrol cars, no barriers - it was just a regular street with people walking up and down doing their daily business.

At first I assumed I may have been on the wrong street and approached bank employee Eugene Leong, who pointed to the area where the rioting took place.

"If you look closely, further down this street you will see patches of burn marks from the patrol cars and ambulance set ablaze by the angry mob," he said.

The 28-year-old, who had driven to the area to have lunch with a friend, said that if the riot news had not spread like wild fire, not many would have noticed it at all.

"The images and videos of the mob were upsetting. It is hard for me to swallow that it happened in Singapore," he said.

Thirteen-year-old S. Ram Prakash, who lives on the 17th floor of the HDB flat across the street, said he was watching television on Sunday night when he heard loud shouts and commotion on the street.

"I looked down and saw some men using sticks and hammering the windscreen of a bus which was in the middle of the road.

"They shouted and screamed and threw stones and sticks at some policemen," he said, likening it to watching an action movie.

"I was so scared as I saw how more policemen with shields came and finally managed to control the situation by cordoning off the whole area."

Some people were seen visiting the area to take pictures of the street damaged by the fires.

"It's not something that happens everyday in Singapore and I just wanted to have a look for myself," said accountant Shirley Tan, 40, who brought her three children to take pictures of the scene.

It started to drizzle in the afternoon and I quickly walked along the road and noticed more people gathering at the street corners and discussing what might have transpired on that fateful Sunday night.

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