FYI: This post will remain at the top till 16 Sept, 2006 (Sat)
Good to see that SDP's website is back again after that sudden disappearance. And with that came this news of the Empower Singaporeans Rally and March scheduled for Sept 16, 2006 (Sat)........
Rally and March set for 16 SeptemberUPDATES:
6 Sep 06
The Empower Singaporeans Rally and March planned by Singaporean activists is fixed for next Saturday, 16 September 2006.
The event will commence at 11 am at the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park. Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to turn up to support the struggle for democracy in Singapore.
The peaceful rally will also highlight the economic hardship of many Singaporeans. Not only are the poorest of the poor suffering under the PAP, but many working- and middle-class Singaporeans are also reeling from the uncaring economic policies of this Government.
Singaporeans need a voice and there is no better opportunity than this rally and march to tell the PAP that we, the citizens of Singapore, demand – not request – our rights for free and fair elections, a free media, and freedom of peaceful assembly.
Participants are encouraged to wear white T-shirts or tops, and bring along signs calling for democracy in Singapore.
The event will begin with speakers addressing the relevant issues. The schedule for the rest of the day will take place as follows:
11:00 am - Assembly and rally at Speakers' Corner
1:00 pm - Walk to Parliament House
1:30 pm - Rally outside Parliament House
2:30 pm - Walk to Suntec City
3:00 pm - Rally outside Suntec City
4:00 pm - Walk to Istana
5:00 pm - Rally outside Istana
6:00 pm - End and dispersal
This rally will be an historic occasion and will mark the beginning of the campaign for political and civil rights in Singapore.
Citizens of other countries are so concerned that they have taken the trouble to come to Singapore to make their voices heard. Are we that apathetic and uncaring that we are even afraid of speaking out for our own country, in our own country?
If you are a Singaporean, you must care. Because if you don't, no one else will.
You can help - Click on the image above, print and distribute the flyer. Thank you.
Keep coming back for regular updates. Other blogs such as Singapore Election Watch and Singabloodypore have regular updates and news reports as well. And don't forget SDP website.
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Chee Soon Juan to police: If you are sincere about security, let's talk
John Aglionby from the Guardian sees the IMF, World Bank and political activists become unlikely allies in the fight for freedom of speech in Singapore
Open letter from SDP to World Bank and IMF chiefs
A final note for this post (I said post not blog!!! :>): I can't recall the original date but I guess it was either on 6 Sept or 7 Sept when I originally posted this on my blog. Since then I've placed it at the top. Anyway, the day has arrived. Whatever happens, big or small, history will be made in less then 12 hours. I'll leave you now with two very good articles by Alex Au aka Yawning Bread: Peaceful streets and Noisy when people throw stones at tinpots.