Crowds swell to bid farewell to Singapore's founder Lee ahead of funeral




 
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March 28th, 2015  
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Topic: Crowds swell to bid farewell to Singapore's founder Lee ahead of funeral


By Saeed Azhar SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people gathered in Singapore on Saturday to bid farewell to former leader Lee Kuan Yew in an unprecedented wave of sympathy after authorities had to temporarily suspend queues overnight to manage surging crowds. The waiting time to enter Singapore's Parliament House where Lee's body was laying in state was as long as 6 hours just before midday on Saturday, a rare sight in a city where public gatherings are tightly controlled. Mourners walked by Lee's coffin, draped with a Singaporean flag and flanked by five uniformed military officers, in silence. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday at the age of 91.




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