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Little India Riot: Police hold press conference on repatriation of workers involved in riot

Published on Dec 20, 2013 5:18 PM
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The overturned police cars at the aftermath of the Little India riot, on 9 Dec, 2013. The police will hold a press conference at 5.30pm on Friday, Dec 20, 2013, on the repatriation of those involved in the Little India riot. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The police will hold a press conference at 5.30pm on Friday on the repatriation of those involved in the Little India riot.

The conference will be chaired by the Commissioner of Police, Ng Joo Hee.

A total of 53 migrant workers involved in the Dec 8 riot are being repatriated. The actions of these 53 workers during the riot ranged from obstructing the police to failing to obey police orders to disperse, police investigations showed.

They were deemed to have posed a threat to the safety and security of Singapore - conditions that allow the authorities to deport and ban them from entering the country again under laws such as the Immigration Act.

Apart from the 53 being sent home, 200 will be given advisories to obey the law and will be allowed to remain and work in Singapore. A third group of 28 have been charged with rioting and are in remand. They are expected back in court on Monday.