• SINGAPORE DOUBLES RIOT POLICE AFTER GUEST WORKER FRACAS

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    SINGAPORE: Singapore is doubling the size of its frontline anti-riot forces and stepping up surveillance after a rampage by Indian workers exposed police weaknesses, following four decades of strict social order. Interior Minister Teo Chee Hean told parliament on Monday that the police would add 300 new officers to its elite Special Operations Command (SOC), which also functions as an anti-terrorism unit. The measure is in line with recommendations from an official inquiry into the causes of the December 8, 2013 riot which left 39 people injured and 25 vehicles destroyed. The riot started after an estimated 400 Indian workers erupted in anger as a compatriot was crushed to death under a bus in Singapore’s congested Little India district.

    AFP

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