Worst Riot in Decades Shakes Singapore

18 injured as Little India erupts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2013 3:49 AM CST
Worst Riot in Decades Shake Singapore
A mob gathers around emergency vehicles in Singapore.   (WorldHits)

About 400 South Asian migrant workers angered by a road accident battled police and set vehicles ablaze in Singapore's worst rioting in decades, leaving 18 people injured. The violence erupted in the city-state's crowded Little India neighborhood last night after an Indian worker was hit and killed by a private bus driven by a Singaporean, officials say. Police arrested 27 South Asians, some of whom hurled bottles and other projectiles at authorities who tried to calm the scene. Those hurt included 10 police officers and four defense force personnel

Channel News Asia showed images of burning vehicles, a police car flipped on its side, and people attacking the windshield of a bus with sticks and garbage bins. It said this was the worst such unrest in more than 40 years in Singapore, an orderly and modern city-state known for strict punishments and generally law-abiding citizens. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that authorities would "spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law." (More Singapore stories.)

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