Police conduct raid at Zouk in wee hours of Sunday morning; DJ gig cancelled

Police conduct raid at Zouk in wee hours of Sunday morning; DJ gig cancelled
A fun night out at one of Singapore's most celebrated nightspots, Zouk, ground abruptly to a halt after the police conducted a three-hour-long raid on early Sunday, June 29,2014 morning. Clubbers claimed that they were locked in and had their IDs checked before they were allowed to leave.

SINGAPORE - The raid started at about 2 am, with clubbers being held back and eventually released in groups of 20, said executive editor of pop culture website PopSpoken Skii Chung, 24, who was there with her friends. "There were no signs of unruly behaviour but after an hour or so, people in the crowd started raising their voices and asking why they couldn't be let out," said Ms Chung, who left the club at about three in the morning. The Straits Times understands that the raid ended at about 4.45am.

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Clubbers locked in after police conducted three-hour-long raid at Zouk

Police conducted a three-hour raid at Zouk yesterday (Jun 29) at around 2am, not letting anyone in or out of the premises.

According to Skii Chung, 24, editor of pop culture website PopSpoken, people were only let out in batches of 20 and had to present their IDs before leaving.

After about an hour, only slightly more than half of the crowd was released, and people were starting to get impatient.

Ms Chung said that there were no signs of there were no signs of altercations or brawls within the crowd.

The raid caused German trance duo, Cosmic Gate, who were set to perform that day, to cancel their set.

According to a report in The Straits Times, the raid ended at about 4.45am.

A police spokesperson confirmed that an operation had happened along Jiak Kim Street, where the club is located. It is not known why the raid was conducted, or if anyone was arrested.

An online appeal was released by Zouk on 20 June 2014 to have its lease extended, or it might close if it cannot continue renting its Jiak Kim Street premises.

The Save Zouk website has gained about 27,000 signatures so far.

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