Singapore's police took issue on Sunday with a Reuters report on a public protest over water price increases, saying it presented a "false and misleading" picture of the use of Speakers' Corner, a designated place for citizens to speak publicly on issues.
The Reuters report said that more than 100 people gathered at Speakers' Corner on Saturday to protest against a two-step, 30 percent increase in water prices, sweetened with tax rebates to help lower-income households pay bills.
Large protests are rare in Singapore, but residents are allowed to air grievances at Speakers' Corner in a small downtown park if they comply with defamation laws and avoid fanning ethnic and religious tensions.
Gilbert Goh, an organizer of the water price hike protest, said in a Facebook exchange with Reuters that some people had told him they were afraid to join the protest. He did not say how many had told him this.