In January, a group of five individuals had protested outside the Ministry Of Education Singapore Headquarters building without any police permit to carry out the public assembly, now they have been issued a warning from Singapore police.
The police said in a statement on 30 November 2021 that they have completed their investigation in this case, they investigated nine individuals aged between 19 & 41 for their involvement in public assembly without permit on 26 January and No further action will be taken against three individuals among nine who were investigated by the police.
The protest happened after a transgender student diagnosed with gender dysphoria said that the MOE had blocked the student from getting hormonal treatment in a reddit post. MOE had issued a statement saying “This was not true”.
SIX WARNED FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN A PUBLIC ASSEMBLY : SPF
Press release : In a press release Singapore Police Force (SPF) explained the series of events that occurred on the day.
What happened on the day of protest :
On 26 January 2021 at about 5.00pm, a group of five individuals, aged between 19 and 41, had staged a protest by holding placards outside the Ministry of Education (MOE) Headquarters along Buona Vista Drive. The group did not have a Police permit to carry out the public assembly.
They Ignored the police warning :
The police said in a release, Upon Police’s arrival, only three individuals remained outside MOE Headquarters, including the 33-year-old organiser of the public assembly. The Police warned them to cease their activities as they were liable for an offence under the Public Order Act. However, they ignored the Police’s warning and continued with their activities.
Police investigated nine individuals for their suspected involvement :
The trio was then issued with a ‘Move-on’ direction under Section 36 of the Public Order Act and were told that they would be arrested if they failed to adhere to the direction. They refused to comply despite the Police’s repeated warnings, and were arrested under the Public Order Act at around 5.35pm. Apart from the five individuals, four others, aged between 23 and 41, who were not part of the public assembly, were also investigated for their suspected involvement in the incident.
- A 24-month conditional warning to a 33-year-old individual for organising the public assembly without a permit and contravening a ‘Move-on’ direction by the Police under Section 16(1)(a) and Section 37 of the Public Order Act respectively.
- A 12-month conditional warning to two individuals, aged 19 and 24, for participating in a public assembly without a permit and contravening a ‘Move-on’ direction by the Police under Section 16(2)(a) and Section 37 of the Public Order Act respectively.
- A stern warning to two individuals, aged 24 and 41, for participating in a public assembly without a permit under Section 16(2)(a) of the Public Order Act. Both individuals had complied with the directions given by the security officer stationed at MOE Headquarters and left the public assembly location promptly before Police’s arrival.
- A stern warning to a 23-year-old individual for abetting an offence of participating in a public assembly without a permit under Section 16(2)(a) of the Public Order Act read with Section 109 of the Penal Code. The individual was involved in the preparation of placards that were used at the public assembly.
No further action will be taken against the remaining three individuals who were investigated by the Police.
Police also warned that “Organising or participating in a public assembly without a Police permit is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act”.
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