8 Sep 2006

Call for Action: Boycott Singapore Airlines in protest against government repression during World Bank and IMF Annual Meeting.

It appears that the current ban on protests in Singapore has merely woken global NGO's to the repressive situation in Singapore.

Boycott Singapore Airlines
The Singapore Government has issued a warning that it is prepared to cane or imprison protestors who commit “violent crimes” during the forthcoming Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will be held in Singapore in September this year.

As part of a policy of constructive engagement, the World Bank and IMF have allowed non-governmental organisations to hold rallies at annual meetings as long as the groups are accredited by the two organisations.

But the Singapore Government does not normally allow demonstrations so this warning to cane or imprison "violent" protesters is indeed most disconcerting.

It is difficult to fathom how the Government will be able to anticipate and vet those suspected of "violent' acts. The result will likely be an unwarranted screening of participants to the official meetings and related events as well as anyone who enters Singapore during that period.

Imposing restrictions on demonstrations by civil society to express their outrage at the brutal policies of the IMF and World Bank is a restriction on the freedom of expression and their right to dissent against the unjust policies of the Bretton Woods institutions.

In order to show our protest against the Singapore Government's approach in this regard, we urge all citizen groups to do the following:

- Immediately boycott Singapore Airlines (the national carrier) for all world travel

- Express our protest in front of the Singapore Airlines offices around the world calling on people to boycott the airlines in view of the policy of the Singapore government

We hope you will make all efforts to ensure that sufficient pressure is put on Singapore Airlines as a symbol of our collective protest against the Singapore Government.


Matilah_Singapura said...

It's a shitty airline anyway. I avoid it when I can. Don't need a bloody campaign to tell me to do so.

But, hey... go for it... it's time to clip the wings!

Anonymous said...

wishfull thinking , the airline is going to the digs with the singapoore mgirl glassily eyed offering hot towels, and serving pig swill as food, they will kill kill themselves. I suggest the singapore girl gets a good hard shagging before she goes to work, she may wake up out of her comotose state.

Anonymous said...

actually they are awake enough to tell caucasians from asians, and be nicer to some and less to others