2 arrested for staging a protest outside Istana

Two men between the ages of 24 and 25 were arrested by the police for staging a protest outside Istana yesterday afternoon (4 Apr) without a permit.

Police said the 2 men turned up in front of the Istana with placards at about 4pm. They were clad in identical red hoodies and dark blue jeans.

One was seen holding a sign that read “You can’t silence the people” while the other was holding one that said “Injustice”:

Police also said both of them had refused to stop their activities despite requests from officers. As such, they were arrested for organising a public assembly without a permit, under Section 16(1)(a) of the Public Order Act, Chapter 257A:

Other offences in relation to assemblies or processions

16.—(1)  Each person who organises a public assembly or public procession —
(a) in respect of which no permit has been granted under section 7 or no such permit is in force, where such permit is required by this Act;

(b) which is held —
(i) on a date or at a time which differs from the date or time specified in relation to the assembly or procession in the notice given under section 6; or
(ii) in the case of a procession, along a route which differs from the route specified in relation to the procession in the notice given under section 6; or

(c) which is not in compliance with any condition imposed under section 8(2) on persons taking part in that assembly or procession,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall, subject to subsection (3), be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Penalty for repeat offenders

(3)  Where a person who is convicted or found guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (2) is a repeat offender, the person shall be liable on conviction —

(a) if the person is one who organises an assembly or a procession — to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; and

(b) if the person is one who takes part in an assembly or a procession — to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

It’s not known if the 2 men are affiliated to any groups or organisations. It’s also not known if President Tony Tan was inside the Istana at the time of the protest.

Police investigations are ongoing.

TR Emeritus

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