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POLICE DISPERSE PROTESTERS WITH PEPPER SPRAY

Police used pepper spray to scatter protesters at Hong Kong's government headquarters during an angry rally against plans for a new town development, with 21 arrested, officials said. Around 900 people gathered at the city's harbourfront government complex with some trying to force their way inside to oppose the development project, which they say will displace villagers and turn farmland into housing estates - favouring property developers. Television footage showed protesters pushing over barricades and surging towards an entrance to the Legislative Council premises as lawmakers met to discuss funding for the project in the New Territories.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL BOY APPLIES FOR PERMIT TO HOLD PROTEST AT HONG LIM PARK

Dubbed the “Return My Edusave” protest, the event saw over 6,000 students from more than 100 primary schools gathering at Hong Lim Park to protest against the government’s handling of their Edusave funds — a scheme aimed ostensibly at providing students with funds to pay for enrichment programmes. They claimed that government control over the Edusave Endowment Fund was akin to “student exploitation” and that students ought to be given full control over how their Edusave funds were spent.

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MFA: Anti-PRC protestors in Vietnam should not have burnt the Singapore flag

“MFA has verified that a Singapore flag was burnt by demonstrators in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) I on 13 May 2014. This is a serious incident. The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect. The Singapore Embassy in Hanoi promptly conveyed our strong concerns over the flag burning incident to the Vietnamese government on 14 May 2014 via a diplomatic note, and also made representations to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

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Police warns Gilbert Goh over 2014 May Day Protest

Police have warned the organiser of a planned Labour Day protest at the Speakers' Corner not to conduct any activities that might be against the law. Protest organiser Gilbert Goh had posted on his Facebook page on April 19, calling on the public to deface and denigrate a poster of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In a statement on Wednesday, police said they have advised Mr Goh against carrying out such activities as it may constitute an offence under the Penal Code and Public Order and Nuisance Act.

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VIOLENCE AND EXPLOSIONS IN THAILAND AS PROTESTORS CLASH BEFORE ELECTIONS TOMORROW

Violence erupted in Bangkok on Saturday, the eve of tense Thai elections, with explosions and heavy gunfire breaking out in clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters, according to an AFP journalist. Bystanders, security personnel and journalists raced to take cover in a north Bangkok shopping mall after a man pulled an assault rifle from a bag and began spraying bullets during a stand-off between government supporters and scores of opposition demonstrators, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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Pussy Riot fine with not winning art award here since their political objective is achieved

Members from dissident Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot say they did not have trouble coming to Singapore to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards, which were held on Saturday night at Suntec City Mall. They were in town because their work was nominated in the digital/video category of the awards, but they did not win. They say not winning does not bother them the least bit. "We are people who engage in social issues and political activism. Art is a means through which we can speak. This is a good chance for us to meet with you, to visit Asia, and to make contacts here.'"

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On a collision course in Thailand

Monday’s “Bangkok shutdown” is the climax of an anti-government campaign over more than two months led by Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, a political insider of 30 years turned scourge of the status quo. He wants to block main road intersections around the capital and surround official buildings to stop the government from working. Past protests suggest that the chances of chaos are high: At least eight people have died in a wave of demonstrations that have, at times, turned violent.

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