The Straits Times
Published on Feb 16, 2013

Large turnout at Speakers' Corner for protest against Population White Paper


A large crowd gathered at Speakers' Corner for a protest against the Population White Paper that was endorsed by Parliament last week.

Many came with umbrellas and caps, braving the light drizzle at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon. Organisers had lined up a list of 12 speakers, including activists as well as current and former opposition party members.

The White Paper had drawn flak largely because of the 6.9 million headline population figure. The Government has strenuously emphasised that this number is a planning parameter, not a target.

The first speaker was National Solidarity Party member Ravi Philemon.