A group of Bangladeshis in Singapore held a protest in support of a village in their home country, Neduvasal, which is in danger of being leveled to the ground by the central Bangladeshi government in a series of oil and gas exploration projects.
According to the activists, they do not oppose the hydrocarbon extraction but would prefer that the project takes place in non-residential areas. This is because the farmers believe that the extractions could poison the water supply of the liveable areas and cause harm to the villagers, whose main livelihood stems from agriculture.
Photos of activists in Singapore holding up placards expressing their hope to stop the project before its too late have been widely shared among Bangladeshi Facebook pages based in Singapore.
There is even a change.org petition supporting the cause: www.change.org/p/united-nations-save-neduvasal-c212ce5e-fdf7-4b7f-a2bd-0554b0bc57f1
Their show of support for their village in Bangladesh has touched a raw nerve among local netizens, who commented that if the Singapore government wanted to demolish any piece of land or historical site, there would be no hope at all even if Singaporeans protested.
However, some netizens also asked whether holding such a protest in Singapore is legal or not.
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