Monday, September 18, 2006

Police State at Work

I was at Speakers' Corner on Sept 16 for a very, very long time. Observing the proceedings from the very beginning. An eye witness to history. History which is still being written. A stand-off between the police and the peaceful protesters developed sometime on the afternoon of Sept 16.

A stand-off between the unreasonableness and repressive measures by the PAP government is facing-off with the resolve and determination of a peaceful group of individuals, led by Dr Chee Soon Juan, in exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

At the time of writing, the stand-off and peaceful protest has not ended.

Blogs and websites like SDP, Singapore Election Watch, Intelligent Singaporean and Yawning Bread have been doing a wonderful job of posting photos, videos and reports of the happenings at Speakers' Corner. I am sure there are many more websites and blogs out there doing a commendable job of countering the bullshit our local media's been putting out.

I took quite alot of photos myself but since I'm extremely unwell at the moment, I would like to share some of these photos with you for now. Keep in mind when looking at these photos that these are not terrorist or criminal elements but Singapore citizens peacefully exercising their rights and the PAP's efforts to silence them.................

Police patrolling the grounds of Speakers Corner. Clark Quay MRT station is behind.

Police stopping to check visitors.....

......asking them for identification, like NRICs, and taking down their particulars

Police stationed outside Clark Quay MRT station to try to deter visitors to Speakers Corner

Dr Chee Soon Juan and his colleagues arriving at Speakers' Corner

The Six making their way......

.......wearing t-shirts and holding placards

Media and people gather as they reach their destination

Plainclothes and uniformed police ring the Six. All they were doing was just trying to walk.

Policewomen create a cordon around Chee Siok Chin

Stand-off..........

......continues into the night of Sept 16 and beyond

Police recording the proceedings

Chee Siok Chin being escorted to the toilet by the police. They do not allow her to walk anywhere without their presence...........

......even at the toilet located within Speakers Corner. The lady-in-white is a police Assistant Superintendant....

....to the point of waiting just outside the women's toilet!

Police escorting Chee Siok Chin back to original spot

PS on Sept 21@12:58am: By now you would have learned from other sources about the end of the peaceful protest which lasted from Sept 16 - 19. Many local blogs and websites have carried numerous photos and reports about the historic protest. Mine is a small and humble contribution. In the next few days or weeks, depending on my health, I will post the rest of the many photos I took on that very first day. :-))

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking and sharing these.

inspir3d said...

this police escorting csc is so ridiculous, it's almost hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Some folks should start sending these to digg/reddit

LordNothing said...

Thanks For the pics its really shameful and childish to follow her till the bathroom makes u really want to wonder wat the goverment is thinking , im kinda ashamed to think that i live in such a country under such a goverment.....