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By Heman Chong and Ho Rui An

On February 16, 2013, more than 4,000 people turned up at Singapore’s
Speakers’ Corner, a small patch of greenery nestled in the city’s downtown
that has, since 2008, been the only space where demonstrations can be
lawfully held within the city-state.

Aerial view of Singapore. Photo by Heman Chong for ArtAsiaPacific.

This rare display of public dissent was a response to a government white paper projecting population growth from the current 5.3 million to 6.9 million in 2030. Given the country’s persistently declining

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