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Rare street brawl in Singapore, 21 arrested

Singapore police said on Friday they had arrested 21 people following a rare street brawl involving members of a small opposition political party.

world Updated: Sep 04, 2009 17:08 IST

Singapore police said on Friday they had arrested 21 people following a rare street brawl involving members of a small opposition political party.

Police were called in after a fight broke out on Thursday among members of the Singapore Malay National Organisation, a marginal party that has never won a seat in parliament.

Four members were taken to hospital for injuries suffered during the brawl, in which hammers and screwdrivers were used.

Press reports said the dispute stemmed from a power struggle within the party.

Those arrested could face caning and jail terms of up to 10 years if found guilty of rioting and being armed with a deadly weapon. All are out on bail, a police spokesman said.

Street brawls are rare in Singapore, a city-state known for its low crime rates.