The Police have arrested three individuals, aged between 19 and 32, for allegedly taking part in a public assembly without a permit on 26 January 2021.
On 26 January 2021 at about 5.00pm, a group of five had allegedly staged a protest outside the Ministry of Education Headquarters along Buona Vista Drive with placards stating “#FIX SCHOOLS NOT STUDENTS”, “WHY ARE WE NOT IN YOUR SEX ED”, “HOW CAN WE GET A’s WHEN YOUR CARE FOR US IS AN F”, “trans students will NOT be erased” and “trans students deserve access to HEALTHCARE & SUPPORT”.
The group did not have a Police permit to carry out the public assembly. Upon Police’s arrival, only three individuals remained. The Police warned them to cease their activities as they were liable for offence under the Public Order Act. However, they ignored the Police’s warning and continued with their activities. The group 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. The three refused to comply despite the Police’s repeated warnings, and were arrested under the Public Order Act at around 5.35pm. Five placards, two multi-coloured flags and a blue bag were seized in relation to the case. The three individuals have since been released on bail at about 10.00pm. Police investigations are ongoing.
The Police would like to remind the public that organising or participating in a public assembly without a Police permit is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act.
Source: Singapore Police Force