1954 National Service Riots
1954 National Service Riots or Anti-National Service Riots is a riot in Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

 that occurred in 1954 due to the communist influence. The persons involved were limited to the Chinese students in some Chinese Middle Schools. Most of the rioting students were above 20 years old as their education had been disrupted by war
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Reason for the riots

On 13 May 1954, students at a number of Chinese schools demonstrated against the British government's decision to make young men, age 18-20, do part-time military service. The students were unwilling to defend a foreign government which in their time of need, deserted them. They wanted to drive the British out of Singapore and with the communist influence the demonstration led to rioting when the police arrived to disperse them and the police had to put down the riot.

See also

  • Hock Lee Bus Riots
    Hock Lee bus riots
    The Hock Lee bus riots occurred on May 12, 1955, in Singapore. 4 people were killed and 31 injured in the violent and bloody riot.-Strikes begin:...

  • Chinese Middle School Riot
    Chinese middle schools riots
    The Chinese middle schools riots were a series of riots that broke out in the Singaporean Chinese community in 1956, resulting in 13 people killed and more than 100 injured....

  • Understanding Out Past: Singapore - from Colony to Nation. Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Education
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