Hougang Election Rally

Those people in the picture were 'party-goers' — they were there for the Worker's Party election rally. I have never seen so many people on the street on a non-festive occasion. This could be the biggest rally in Singapore’s history!  

So, exactly how big was the crowd? You may ask. Blogger Yawning Bread did an assessment of the crowd size:

If you look at the top picture, you'll see that there were 15-16 people seated on the stage. This suggests that the stage was about 9 metres wide and 5 metres deep. Now look at the bigger photo. Using the dimensions of the stage as the yardstick, and allowing for the fact that the bottom of the photo would be on a different scale from the back of the photo (due to perspective), I estimate that the area covered by the photo, excluding the road at the back, would be about 150m across and about 200m from bottom of picture to nearly the road. That's 30,000 sq. metres. This being the thickest part of the crowd, the density was about 3 persons per sq. metre (they were standing shoulder to shoulder – see bottom picture). That means the total number of people encompassed by the bigger picture was about 90,000. Add those outside the picture (less dense), and perhaps the total number of people at the rally was 100 – 120,000.

 

Read Yawning Bread’s full story at http://yawningbread.org/

  

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