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[News] Singapore plans rare protest as population debate rages

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Singapore plans rare protest as population debate rages (Yahoo! SG)

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore is to hold a rare anti-government demonstration against plans for a dramatic increase in immigration that would boost the island’s population by as much as 30 percent by 2030.

Discontent is growing in affluent Singapore over a rising number of foreigners blamed for strains on infrastructure, ballooning housing costs and transportation headaches in a country slightly smaller than New York City.

Public expression is a delicate act in Singapore where government figures, including elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew, father of the current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have sued critical opposition MPs for defamation. Nearly all media are pro-government.

Protest organiser Gilbert Goh said he hoped to attract 1,000 people to the February 16 event at Speakers’ Corner, a designated park exempt from strict government controls over assemblies, speeches and outdoor protests.

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