Sunday, September 29, 2019

S’pore Police Force will not grant permits for rallies that ‘advocate political causes’ of other countries

28 September, 2019

SINGAPORE — Permit for assemblies that “advocate political causes of other countries” will not be granted, the Singapore Police Force said on Saturday (Sept 28).

In response to queries about police’s approach to calls for an anti-totalitarian rally in Singapore, the police warned that foreigners visiting or living in Singapore will have to abide by the country’s laws.

“Action will be taken against those who break the law. This may include termination of visa or work passes,” police said.

“At the Speakers’ Corner, only Singapore citizens and permanent residents are allowed to participate in assemblies without a permit, subject to the conditions in the Speakers’ Corner rules.”

In recent months, rallies have been held in several countries to support and demonstrate against the Hong Kong protests, with some clashes turning violent.

Hong Kong is bracing itself for a weekend of possible unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct 1.

Thousands of people are preparing to rally in the city centre on Saturday evening after a permit was granted for a gathering at Tamar Park, next to the headquarters of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. More demonstrations are expected on Sunday.

On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Singaporeans against non-essential travel to Hong Kong.

The ministry listed some areas where protests are expected to take place over the next few days, including in Kowloon and Causeway Bay on Sunday.

The city has been rocked by protests since June, sparked by a controversial extradition bill that has since been withdrawn.

"Large-scale protests have been taking place across Hong Kong since June 2019 which have become increasingly unpredictable," said the ministry in its latest travel advisory.

"These protests can take place with little or no notice and could turn violent." CNA

[If I understand this news report correctly, someone has applied for a permit to hold a rally in support of the protesters in HK. 

While I do sympathise with the HK protesters, and I do wish them well, I do not see a viable path to victory for them.

And so I do not see how a supporting rally in SG would be of any use to HK's cause. The Chinese Communist Party has no need to heed popular opinion, pressure, or pay any lip service to "democracy" or democratic forces. They are not shamed by public protests. They are in fact able to parley (for their citizens) the violent protests as an indictment of democratic principles propounded by the protesters. They are then vindicated in the eyes of their (PRC) populace.

So, I do not see how a rally in Singapore, peaceful though it may be, would put any pressure or shame on the CCP to give HK more freedom, or accede to the demands of the protesters, or even reach some sort of compromise.]

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