A Protest and Petition in Singapore
Calm and stability is returning to Burma, or that is what we think since there is a news blackout on what transpired on the streets and in the monasteries.
Singaporeans and Burmese in Singapore sympathise with the dire plight of the peaceful freedom marchers in Burma. In Singapore, there are 2 petitions outside the Myanmar Embassy and the police are there to intimidate people from sitting in and protesting outside the embassy although sympathisers were allowed to sign their names with trepidation. The police are losing their moral ground more and more in being there as their very presence, whatever their dubious political or genuine security intentions are, deters people from showing their rightful condemnation of the junta’s actions in Burma recently.
The SDP-organised petitions at the embassy, one on condemning the junta and one on condemning Singapore, is another creative move to challenge the shifting OB markers used to especially contain SDP and not the other alternative parties. In one politically opportunistic sleight of hand, SDP conflated the issue of protest and petition, seizing Singaporeans and Burmese anger at the junta to condemn the junta and the government at the same time. SDP cunningly piggy-backed on the Burmese community in Singapore who are so enraged at what is happening at home that they would go down to the Burmese Embassy regardless of the consequences. Perhaps for the first time ever, this is the most crowded SDP event as the majority might even be Burmese.
SDP, however dodgy or whoever its support base is, deserves credit for its most creative protest since the 4 people CPF one.
Police urge public not to take part in assembly without a permit
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 30 September 2007 2344 hrs
SINGAPORE: The police have reminded the public not to take part in an assembly without a permit again.
The reiteration came after protest activities organised by opposition politician Chee Soon Juan and his Singapore Democratic Party outside the Myanmar Embassy on Sunday.
Police said Chee’s organisation of a petition letter campaign is not unlawful per se, but he had done so in an unlawful manner by staging an assembly outside the embassy without a permit.
According to a statement released by the police, Chee had asked the public to sign petition letters not only against the Myanmar government, but also against the Singapore government.
Police officers requested the public to leave after they have signed the letters, but Chee and his supporters urged them to stay in defiance of police advice.
Police said petitions can be organised through lawful means and those who wished to express their political views or hold political activities should do so through available avenues.