Occupy Raffles Place – No Show!


For a group that boasted defiance, and even designed a profile picture on Facebook with the words, “we will not remain silent,” the organizers of the planned Occupy Raffles Place event in Singapore were very quiet.

Despite planning a demonstration in Singapore’s financial district at 2 p.m. Saturday, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and global protests happening across Asia, the organizers themselves failed to identify themselves. The small crowd at the central square outside Raffles Place MRT station included mostly journalists and photographers, looking listless and bored.

Some plainclothes policemen were also present, after they had earlier warned potential protesters that such a protest would be “unlawful.”

The Facebook page for the event is no longer available, with the group’s @occupysg account posting this message on Twitter: “We should try this again on Monday morning?” The Twitter page has 30 followers.

At 4:15 p.m. Singapore time, two hours after the event was meant to take place, organizers of “Occupy SG” posted this Facebook update: “We are obviously very disappointed with the lack of on the ground support. We take the blame for lack of logistics and planning and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Respondents to the Facebook post blamed organizers for failing to contact their supporters or organize any meetings before the event

    • sccccc
    • October 16th, 2011

    Occupying Raffles Place will only drive off investor and cause many job loss.
    Occupy Wall Street is OK because the crumbling of American economy causes alot of people to be jobless and families affected. Yes, the American causes some bad effect on us but not Raffles Place.

    I think this one is organised by retailers/food operators at Raffles Pl. On weekend, there almost ghost town. This should help bring in the crowd.

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