Singapore, a city with a population of over 11 million, has become one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
But for the better part of the last century, Singapore’s home to the world famous Singapore Airlines jet, Singapore Airlines Airline, has struggled to compete with airlines like American, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United.
When the airline’s corporate parent company, the Singapore Airlines Corporation (SAIC), announced that it would be closing down its last commercial operations at the end of 2017, many believed the Singaporeans of Singapore would be forced to migrate to other cities.
But Singaporeans have had enough.
In March 2018, more than 20,000 people marched through the streets of the country’s capital, demanding that the government make the airline shut down and leave Singapore.
Over the next three months, Singaporeans across the city-state staged a series of protests to pressure the government to make the decision.
On April 6, Singaporean protesters staged an unprecedented protest on the streets outside the Singapore International Airport, with hundreds of thousands marching in the streets, holding banners reading “Singapore Airlines closes!” and “Save Singapore Airlines!”
Many protesters were carrying banners that read, “Singas are not animals.
Singaporeans are not slaves.”
The next day, thousands of Singaporeans joined the protests, marching through the city for two days in a show of support.
In a move that shocked the world, the government announced that the Singaporean government would close down the airline.
The Singapore government’s announcement caused an international uproar, as many governments worldwide, including the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, and France, threatened to close down their own domestic airlines and shut down their airports.
In Singapore, the anger was palpable.
On May 14, a mass demonstration in front of the Singapore Government House broke out as hundreds of Singaporean citizens held up signs that read “Save the Singapore Airways!”
Over the next two days, Singapore held protests and marches, with more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside the airport and a crowd of about 300 people outside the government house, protesting against the government’s decision.
Singaporean activists and other protesters also gathered in front the government building, which was set ablaze.
A crowd of over 3,000 Singaporeans marched through Singapore’s capital city on May 14 to protest the closure of the airline, chanting “Save The Singapore Airlines” and “Shut down the airport!”
As the days wore on, the crowd of Singapore residents grew larger, with demonstrators shouting “Singens are not pigs.
Singaporens are not monkeys.
Singapore is not an island.”
As May 14 neared its end, the crowds grew louder, with crowds of hundreds of people gathered outside of the government office, chanting, “Save Our Airline!
Save Our Airport!
Save The Singapore Airport!”
On the day after the protests in Singapore, Singapore residents marched through their streets, demanding to know why the government was shutting down the entire airline, while others stood at the entrance of the airport, holding signs that said “Stop Singapore Airlines.”
By the time the protesters arrived at the airport on June 6, the protesters were outnumbered by security forces, with the airport police having been deployed.
Singapore residents were still holding their rallies outside the terminal, but the police were now heavily armed, and many Singaporeans were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inciting the crowd to violence.
After police had cleared out the crowds, Singapore became a no-fly zone for all foreigners, including Singaporeans, and Singaporeans and tourists were asked to leave the country.
Singaporeans began taking to social media to share their anger at the government, using the hashtag #SaveSingaporeAirline.
Many people who had been protesting in front, and who had taken to the streets to support the protests had their Facebook pages shut down by the authorities.
In the days after the government announcement, more and more people started taking to Facebook to express their frustration at the Singapore government, and to vent their frustration with the government for shutting down an entire airline and leaving the country without a single passenger.
Over 10,000 users signed an open letter to the government urging it to make a decision that would save Singapore’s aviation industry.
Singapore was the world leader in aviation, and there is no way the government would shut down an industry that employs more than 70,000 workers, according to a study published by the Singapore Institute of Management.
In order to save the airline industry, Singapore must have a new airline, and that new airline must be able to compete in the international marketplace.
In response to the open letter, the Government of Singapore, led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, announced that they would open up a new carrier to take on American, Delta, and other airlines.
But in a move most Singaporeans find hard to believe,