09 December 2013 14:30 | By MSN News
LOOK BACK: Past riots in Singapore

It has been almost 50 years since the last riot in Singapore. From ideological to racial conflicts, we look back at the events that led to violence on the streets.



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Police battle mobs in Singapore, circa 1955: Police strive to hold a fierce crowd in check as strike riots organised by the Communists raged in Singapore for the second day, killing three persons -- including Gene Symonds, United Press manager for Southeast Asia -- and injuring a score of others. Police were authorised to shoot if their lives were endangered, and a police tommy gunner opened fire when a rioter grabbed another policeman's pistol and started shooting. In most cases, tear gas, clubs and fire hoses sufficed to disperse the attacking mobs.

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