1954 National Service Riots

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1954 National Service Riots
Date May 13, 1954
Location Singapore
Also known as Anti-National Service Riots
Participants Chinese Middle School students, some communists
Outcome 26 injured
45 students arrested
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1954 National Service Riots or Anti-National Service Riots was a riot that broke out in Singapore in May 1954 involving a number of Chinese Singaporean students.

In 1954 the British colonial government in Singapore passed the National Service Ordinance, requiring all males aged between 18 and 20 to register by May 1954 for part-time National Service. Those who failed to register would be either jailed or fined. Thousands of secondary students from Chinese schools - many of whom were 20 years old or above as their education had been disrupted by World War II - were influenced by communist ideals and unwilling to defend the colonial government. On the first day of registration, very few students from Chung Cheng High School and The Chinese High School turned up.

On 13 May 1954, 500 students gathered in front of the Government House (present-day Istana) to present their petition to the Governor. Soon the peaceful demonstration turned into a riot when the police were called in to disperse the crowd. The police and the students clashed. About 26 people were injured and 48 students arrested.[1]

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  1. ^ "1954 Anti National Service Protest". Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 

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