Little India riot: The aftermath

Little India riot: The aftermath

Singapore's first riot in over 40 years came as a shock to many. The authorities have been quick to work out strategies to bring back confidence and order to the area.

Three Indian nationals were charged in court on Dec 11 with rioting, bringing the total number of accused persons facing charges for Dec 8's melee in Little India to 27 (correct at press time).

This after the first group of 24 were hauled up to court on Dec 10.

Even as a Committee of Inquiry has been set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs to look into the factors that led to the unrest - details of which will be out by the end of this week - a ban on the sale and consumption of alchohol this weekend in the Race Course area has been imposed.

This ban was announced by Second Minister of Home Affairs S. Iswaran.

tabla! spoke to some restaurant owners, residents and a liquor shop owner on the ban. Some welcome the idea of a permanent ban in the area while others are hoping for a different solution.

Residents of the area say they have long faced problems due to the presence of foreign workers on Sundays.

These workers tend to overcrowd the area, make a lot of noise and often leave behind a mess of liquor bottles and beer cans.

"This ban will be a good change for all the residents. We feel that when the foreign workers drink, there is some kind of violence, though not as bad as the one last week," said a resident who lives at Blk 662 Buffalo Road who wanted to be known as Mr Ary.

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