Protestors in Singapore gathered last Saturday at Raffles Place (the Wall Street equivalent of Singapore) emulating the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States.
Perhaps picking a Saturday afternoon is not the best choice for creating a protest of maximum impact, but what’s disappointing is the lack of fervor that the movement had.
The small crowd at the central square outside Raffles Place MRT station included mostly journalists and photographers, looking listless and bored. Some plainclothes policemen were also present, after they had earlier warned potential protesters that such a protest would be “unlawful.”
The Facebook page for the event is no longer available, with the group’s @occupysg account posting this message on Twitter: “We should try this again on Monday morning?” The Twitter page has 30 followers.
At 4:15 p.m. Singapore time, two hours after the event was meant to take place, organizers of “Occupy SG” posted this Facebook update: “We are obviously very disappointed with the lack of on the ground support. We take the blame for lack of logistics and planning and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
The Business Insider posted a concise article delineating reasons for the Occupy Wall Street protest, citing reasons such as “the highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression”, “corporate profits at an all-time high”, “wages as a percentage of the economy are at an all-time low”, and lastly, “income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near at an all-time high.”