Riots Break Out In Singapore; Think Your Country Is Immune?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

Mohamed Bouazizi. It’s not a name that means much to most people. But you’ll recall his story.

Frustrated with the absurd amount of regulation and corruption that prevented him from being able to put food on the table for his family, Bouazizi was the 26-year old Tunisian fruit merchant that set himself on fire in 2011.

In doing so, all the pent up frustration across the Middle East and North Africa erupted all at once; the entire region immediately plunged into multi-year revolution which became known as the Arab Spring that has since toppled a number of governments.

Like individual people, societies have their own breaking points. They build up anger and frustration for years… sometimes decades. Then all it takes is one spark. One catalyst. And it all becomes unglued.

Just yesterday, a 33-year old Indian man got hit by the proverbial bus in Singapore’s Little India neighborhood. That was the catalyst. What transpired for the next several hours was a full blown riot… the first of its kind since 1969.

Several hundred rioters stormed the streets. They started off smashing the up the bus that was still on the corner of Hampshire Road and Race Course Road. Then they started throwing objects at the ambulance staff who were unsuccessful in extracting the man in time to save his life.

By the end of the evening, an angry mob had lit five police vehicles on fire, plus the ambulance, leaving the streets in a towering inferno.



The government immediately went into damage control mode trying to explain what happened. But the explanation is really quite simple.

Singapore has had years of tensions building. The wealth gap is growing like crazy. Wealthy people are becoming ultra-wealthy, while the majority of folks see the cost of living rise at an alarming rate.

Strong ideological and ethnic differences are boiling over. And backlash against immigrants, especially from certain countries, is becoming an acute and obvious problem.

These issues are commonplace. Ideological differences. The wealth gap and economic uncertainty. Immigration challenges.

They’re the same issues, for example, that have plunged much of Europe into turmoil, including the rise of a blatantly fascist political party in Greece.

And these same issues exist, in abundance, in the Land of the Free… where a number of serious ideological divides are becoming obvious social chasms.

Printing money with wanton abandon. Racking up the greatest debt burden in the history of the world. Doling out wasteful and offensively incompetent social welfare programs at the expense of the middle class. Brazenly spying on your own citizens. These are not actions without consequences.

And if it can happen in Singapore - one of the safest, most stable countries on the planet, it can happen anywhere. Even in a sterile American suburb.

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1835jackson's picture

So yer sayin there's a chance

Pladizow's picture

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” - George Orwell

Headbanger's picture

It's already happened here!!   Does Rodney King mean anything to you?

I think the catalyst here will be a labor strike that becomes violent and a few strikers and /or law enforcement are shot.

That will be the deviding line the US splits apart on.

knukles's picture

Nah.  Cain't happin heair.  We're excupshunal Humericuns and exempt frum histree.

tsx500's picture

just curious...where is this " Land of the Free "  to which Simon refers ?

TFD123's picture

Diversity is our Strength!

CheapBastard's picture

"If you want to keep your diversity, you can keep your diversity."

Anusocracy's picture

We just had some rioting over beating Ohio State.

An easy chair was torched in front of my house.

rpboxster's picture

That's not rioting...that's tradition (except it's supposed to be a couch).  Sparty On!

Four chan's picture



you keep using that word, i do not think it means what you think it means.

tooktheredpill's picture

Simon, I live out this way and I can't disagree with the general issues that you mention, but to speculate that they are the reasons is deliberate idiocy. The rioters were mostly immigrants for a start and Sunday night is their party night so booze was more likely to be a factor if you were to hazard a guess when you weren't even there. Feel free to crap on some more if this becomes a regularity. You should know about the randomness and animal nature of mob mentality.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Kiss my grits punk (disgruntled OSU fan)

Dr Benway's picture

Singapore also has a bloated ailing stock exchange scam, with listed investment companies Innopac, Blumont, IPCO and others forming a giant securities fraud cartel, see my blog for details.

The shit is everywhere 

Pee Wee's picture

I see what you did there.  Are you referring to the "Land of the Renters?"

Freedom monetized - what could go wrong?

ss123's picture


Speaking of busses, looks like there is a protest about Google busses in San Fran going on now...

Headbanger's picture

Oh I love Ammoland!

And bless those Asian dudes for protecting their business but have some sand bags on the roof next time for better cover.

And the "Proverbial Bus" is the one in Jacob 3 Verse 22 that ran over Sid the son of Jesse the Unwise.

SilverRhino's picture

No offense but are you fucking serious?   They have 9-12 inches of concrete / stucco in those battlements.   Putting a sandbag on that would be like hanging a vkevlar vest off the side of a battleship.   


hedgeless_horseman's picture



They have 9-12 inches of concrete / stucco in those battlements.

That parapet is very likely stucco over 2x4 and chicken wire.  Definitely concealment, not cover.

In that situation, although the Koreans do look badass wearing headbands, here are a couple of get-em-while-you-can items to add to the sandbags:

RafterManFMJ's picture

Best deal on the internets

Bump trigger? Sure, why not?

Both reviewed on

NoDebt's picture

My wife has already been notified that I want 'Dragon Skin' for Christmas.

I probably won't get it, but I can still ask!

MsCreant's picture

What do you like for night vision? I looked into it years ago and it was so expensive.

The Alarmist's picture

Sure, it's expensive ... but what's your life worth?

Zero Point's picture

Buy some radio gear, with PTT and throat mics, instead.

If you have no-one on the other end to talk to, you're already fucked, I don't care how well you can see in the dark.

XitSam's picture

If you have no-one on the other end to talk to, you're already fucked, I don't care how well you can see in the dark.

I don't know about that.  I have used AN/PVS-5 to walk up right behind officers on the flight line, said "Hello, sir," and watch them jump.  If you have night vision and the enemy does't, you own him.

Hongcha's picture

The blacks on the street during the 1992 LA riots were not well-organized enough to have firearms.  They was just bustin' heads and taking whatever they could out dah windows.

Headbanger's picture

Whoa dude!  I agree man but they's heads be sticking up a bit and a few sand bags atop that wall (and below on the roof if it is just stucco over frame) would provide some "arrow slits" for better coverage.

I'd be up there with my AR500 n'all if it was me and trusty 10/22....  just for fun and "suppressing fire" next to my Mosin, VZ58, C93, Custom Mauser 270, Savage 300 and my slingshot! And yes I'm a slut for any gun I don't have.  In fact, I almost bought a Hi Point 45 cal (for $200) the other day cause it's so fucking ugly and heavy and I can use it for a sledge hammer too!

My point above is that the Asian gentlemen in the photo were doing what most sheeple in this country don't have the balls to do! 


And BTW.. Does "SilverRhino" refer to the handgun???   Awesome revolvers dude!

Occident Mortal's picture

You would simply make yourself target #1 for when this thing turns up.

Smart people don't stand and fight, they leave early. WWII teaches us this.

KnightTakesKing's picture

A round from an AK (7.62) or a .308 would easily go thru that. A sand bag could stop almost all small arms fire. 

Headbanger's picture

Dude, a 7.62x39 out of an AK-47 or 308 is not going to get through much sand

Now a 200+ grain 30-06 or maybe a 181gr 7.62x54 out of a 91/30 or an 8x57 out of a Mauser 98k would be a problem..


Freddie's picture

Anyone remember how the 3 day waiting period for buying a gun had just come into affect?  Libtards in LA area rushed into gun shops and sporting goods stores but could not get anything.  Was it a 10 day or 7 waiting period?   They were buying bats and bow and arrows.

Those (South) Korean guys do not mess around.

Headbanger's picture

They don't mess around and the rest of us should keep that photo in mind (sand bags or not) if the SHTF and keep tight with our like minded friends. 

Especially this wicked hot woman LEO I shoot with on occasion who gives me such good shit for my slacker shooting habits..

greatbeard's picture

>> Libtards in LA area rushed into gun shops and sporting goods stores but could not get anything.


CrashisOptimistic's picture

Generally speaking, unless someone has a long range sniper rifle, he's not going to be able to hit the right targets -- because the elites are not going to be standing in the cop line.

PT's picture


That's why it is so important to publicize the names and addresses of the guilty early on.  The little ones will fight each other while the cause of the mess has a party 10 000 miles away. 

MeBizarro's picture

Yeah and so what?  There were much worse and more violent riots in US history including the riots in '68 in several American cities.

Headbanger's picture

So what??  You're adding even more to the reasons  massive riots will happen here due to income inequality and racial and political tensions like in '68

Which reminds me..  The 1968 Democratic National Convention... in Chicago...  And the Chicago Seven..


Yardfarmer's picture

yeah and it can and probably will happen in your fine little organic ex-pat utopia in Chile too, Simon, your arrogant contumacious snob.

RafterManFMJ's picture

It has been a good day, for today I learned a new word.

contumacious -stubborn or willfully disobedient to authority.

MsCreant's picture

Add to that the fact that he has pushed Singapore as a "safe" place to ex-pat to, hide your gold, get a bank account, and it gets downright funny. 

HEY SIMON, no where to run to baby, no where to hide. Telling us all to leave the US as if it is better elsewhere. Be ready to bug out, sure, that is sensible. But there are no guarantees.

formadesika3's picture

I doubt it means much. Lee Kuan Yew don't mess around. (But Simon does assume his readers have a short attention span, bringing up Singapore, which is pretty insulting.)

The Alarmist's picture

I lived in Singapore in the '90s ... went back a few years ago, and actually saw litter on the street.  One day, a guy tossed a piece of paper on the ground while we were standing at a cross walk, so I said, "You wouldn't do that if Lee Kwan Yew were still in charge."  He picked it up without any comment.

youngman's picture

I hope the Facebook guy that denounced his citizenship bfore the IPO is OK....

Agent P's picture

Even if he isn't covering you with a long gun from an elevated position, you should NEVER fuck with an Asian dude wearing dark shoes with white socks. 

BaBaBouy's picture

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