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The government’s response to the small riot that took place on 8 December 2013 can also be characterised as a contestation over space too. Although the state only lost control of the situation for a mere one hour, its heavy-handed reaction suggests that its was far more traumatic for the government than for Singaporeans. It banned all alcohol sales for a weekend and continues to restrict it on subsequent weekends. It shut down about half the private bus services that bring workers from dormitories to the area. On a typical weekend, about 250 – 280 buses would ferry about 23,000 workers into Little India. But this has been halved. Moreover, where they used to run all the way to midnight, buses must now stop by 9 pm. The bottom line is a frenzied rush to stamp the government’s authority on the district’s space.

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