Singapore charges activist for holding public assemblies, including a

HRF condemns the Singaporean government's prosecution of activist Jolovan Wham. Read the story on Hong Kong Free Press.

“The Police had engaged Wham prior to the event and advised him that a police permit was required. However, Wham proceeded to hold the event without a police permit, committing an offence of organising a public assembly without a police permit under the Public Order Act,” the police said.

Wong spoke at the conference on civil disobedience and social movements via Skype video call. The organiser of the event, Community Action Network, is a non-governmental group concerned with freedom of expression in the city-state. Wham, who is a member of the group, was later questioned by the police for 45 minutes.

Following the event, Wong said the incident “highlighted how isolated the authoritarian government of Singapore is, as they fear connections between social movement organisations across East Asia.”

Wham has also been charged in relation to his involvement in a vigil outside Changi prison, a silent protest on a train, as well as for “[refusing] to sign his statement on multiple occasions when required to by the Police.” On the occasion of the silent protest, he was further charged with vandalism for pasting two sheets of paper onto a panel on the train.

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