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Updated: 12/09/2013 21:48 | By Channel NewsAsia

Anti-racism movement starts online, many call for restraint against xenophobia

Anti-racism movement starts online, many call for restraint against xenophobia


Anti-racism movement starts online, many call for restraint against xenophobia

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans shared feelings of shock and disbelief at the events in Little India on Sunday night.

Negative comments made their rounds on the Internet even before the riot was contained.

But many other voices are calling for restraint, and at least one movement against racism has started online.

As events exploded in Little India late on Sunday night, questions and comments simultaneously flooded the online space.

First reactions were shock, disbelief, and confusion.

But soon, negativity and racism reared their heads, and they did not go unnoticed by netizens.

Many others spoke up against what they called "stupid xenophobic remarks".

Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin was the first office-holder to call for calm online, and others including the prime minister soon followed.

One day on, Little India returns to a semblance of normalcy, but the incident has gotten Singaporeans thinking.

Paul Robson, an accountant, said: "I don't think it was very unexpected because foreign workers have tended to congregate in certain areas of Singapore."

Patricia Lua, a homemaker, said: "Don't take it that... all these Indian workers, they come here to work and create problems. It is not (like that). But I believe everybody would feel upset if their loved one or their own people were knocked down by a car."

Early Monday morning, a Facebook page called "SHUT Racism UP SG" sprang up, calling on Singaporeans to stamp out racism -- and it is steadily gathering likes.

Another story is also making rounds: netizens are cheering a video of a man in a checkered shirt, seen in the heat of the incident trying to stop angry rioters.

Anyone who knows this man or who has information about him, please call MediaCorp News Hotline at 6822 2268 or Channel NewsAsia's Singapore desk at singaporedesk@mediacorp.com.sg. - CNA/gn

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