supplies and moral
support to students staging a stay-in
demo at Chung Cheng High School.
|The Lim Yew Hock government
took stern measures to put a clamp on
With the cooperation
of the British Governor and Commissioner of
Police, "Operation Photo" was
carried out. Roadblocks, troops and
helicopters were used to deal with the
outbreak of violence.
In September 1956, Lim Yew Hock deregistered and
banned two pro-communist organisations -- the SWA
(Singapore Womens Association) and the Chinese
Musical Gong Society. The SCMSSU (Singapore Chinese
Middle School Students Union) was also dissolved.
This sparked off the violent student riots of
clear the barricades set up by
camped at Chung Cheng High School and Chinese
High School. They organised meetings and held
demonstrations. This went on for about two
On Oct 24, the government issued an ultimatum that
the schools be vacated. As the deadline approached,
rioting started at the Chinese High School.
The riots spread to other parts of the island.
They lasted five days. 13 people were killed and more
than 100 were injured.
Hundreds of people were arrested, including Lim
Chin Siong, who remained in detention until the Lee
Kuan Yew government freed him in 1959, after winning
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