Media Release: The march will go on
1 Sep 06
Despite the police rejecting the permit, the planned rally and march during the WB-IMF meeting in September 2006 will proceed.
The excuse that the police give for the banning of peaceful assembly in Singapore because of "security reasons" is a lame one. The Government is on record as saying it will not authorize public gatherings of any sort at any time.
In other words, the PAP has decreed a blanket ban on peaceful assembly.
This contravenes the Singapore Constitution and goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations of which Singapore is a member.
The gathering of Singaporeans at this rally and march will be a peaceful one, one that is well within the rights of each and every citizen of this country.
It is unthinkable that foreigners are allowed to protest while the owners of this country are prohibited from doing the same. It is like having guests in our homes and dining at our table while our caretaker whom we have employed turns around and locks us, the owners and hosts, up in the toilet.
No, Singaporeans will not be silenced any longer. We will not be treated as second-class citizens any longer. We refuse to live in such humiliation and fear any longer.
We will say to one and all, here in Singapore and to the rest of the world, we Singaporeans want democracy and we want it now. The PAP repression must end.
The Empower Singaporeans Rally and March in September 2006 will allow Singaporeans to speak with pride and humble resolve to bring freedom to our country.
The Government may have the physical strength to forbid the peaceful assembly, but that will be no match for the moral authority of citizens, the moral authority of justice and the truth, that will be brought to bear on the occasion.
Chee Soon Juan
Details of the March and Rally will be announced on this website soon.
28 Aug 2006
Dr Chee Soon Juan
APPLICATION FOR RALLY AND MARCH AT THE WB-IMF MEETING
I refer to your application letter for a police permit to dated 22 August 2006.
We regret to inform you that your application is not successful.
MARC E KWAN SZER
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OPERATIONS (LICENSING)
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE