Singaporeans rally against immigration policies
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Singaporeans rally against immigration policies

SINGAPORE (AP) — About 200 people have gathered at a park in Singapore to protest against immigration policies that they say are too lax.

The protesters blame foreigners for the lack of suitable jobs and for further burdening infrastructure such as public transport and housing.

Organized by activist Gilbert Goh, Thursday’s protest follows recent racial abuse heaped on a group of Filipinos on the island who were planning to celebrate their Independence Day at the city-state’s main shopping belt. Critics say they should hold their celebrations at the Philippine Embassy.

(MORE: Filipino Independence Day plans reveal political rifts in Singapore)

Goh criticized Singaporean authorities who had warned him Wednesday night that it would be illegal to deface a poster of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Public demonstrations are rare in Singapore, with the ruling party placing tight controls on protests.