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Singaporeans Barred From Posh Batam Casino After Gang Clash

8 February 2005

BATAM, Indonesia -- As reported by Today online: "Singaporeans who wanted to gamble at the Waterfront City casino on Saturday night were prevented from entering by special units of the Batam police, who were conducting a raid on the premises.

"Earlier, two ferries packed with Singaporeans were turned back.

"The swoop on the Waterfront City was the culmination of police action which began 24 hours earlier when they were called to deal with a gang fight in front of one of the most luxurious casino resorts on Batam.

"Planet Holiday Hotel, on Friday night, was the backdrop of utter chaos when two gangs got drunk and fought against each other outside the resort's discotheque, Planet Ozone.

"...Today understands from local sources that the very next night, the gang leaders met at Waterfront City for negotiations.

"...The police got wind of the meeting, and raided the casino — a favourite haunt among Singaporean gamblers..."

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