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A Falun Gong protest, underneath the Esplanade Bridge in Singapore.

Protests in Singapore are rarely seen, so I was surprised to see this demonstration in the heart of Singapore during Chinese New Year.

Falun Gong has been the focus of international controversy since July 20, 1999, when the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) began a suppression of the movement nationwide, except in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The PRC government claims to have banned the group for what it considers to be illegal activities.[3] The Falun Gong claims that the ban was the result of personal jealousy of the group’s popularity on the part of Jiang Zemin, a former President of the People's Republic of China.[4] The suppression of Falun Gong is considered a human rights violation by a number of (mostly western) human rights groups and politicians

{courtesy of Wikipedia}

I know next to nothing about Falun Gong. Their posters and leaflets told stories of suppression, arrests, killings and organ harvesting. The strength of their message surprised me given Singapore's non-protest culture.

Shot in RAW. converted, slight crop, resize, sharpen and partial desaturation as I thought it appropriate for this image - I think this is allowed on TE.

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