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Singapore riots: Rocks thrown, cars burned in riot, income inequality a cause

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Singapore riots that raged this week have garnered national attention following everything from rocks being thrown at police teams to cars being burned in public locations. Income inequality and increasing class struggles are cited as key causes in the recent aggravated protests, the CS Monitor shares this Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

The Singapore riots included several hundred migrant workers storming the Indian ethnic district this Sunday, setting vehicles ablaze and throwing rocks in retaliation to law enforcement officers attempting to quell them. Although the uprising was quickly put to a stop, it did bring to the spotlight the growing tensions within Singapore, mainly caused by an ever-widening income gap and class inequality.

The brief but fiery incident seemed to have been triggered by the recent death of an Indian worker, 33-years-old, who was struck and killed by a city bus that was being driven at the time by a Singapore male. An unruly crowd soon sparked unrest in a local Little India neighborhood, including a mass group that eventually swelled to over 400 foreign workers.

Made furious by the road accident, the Singapore riots had other accounts of these workers lashing out at both police workers and emergency service teams directly late into Sunday within the Indian district.

Although no deaths have been reported, at least 18 injuries of varying natures have been confirmed at this point and time, adds the source. A number of armed and prepared policemen, bearing riot shields, entered the fray to quell the riot. Photos reveal a couple police cars overturned and burned, as well as several buildings with bashed-in doors and smashed windows where rocks were thrown through the glass.

According to the press release, law enforcement officers stopped the sudden violent in under two hours and sans any shootings. However, concludes the report, the Singapore riot has thrown into definite contention the social implications of the event, brought about by social inequality and rising tensions between thousands of migrant workers and established Singaporeans.

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