Police investigating S'porean woman, 32, for allegedly staging protest outside China embassy in S'pore

A public assembly requires a permit

Hannah Martens | November 29, 2022, 07:13 PM

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The Singapore Police force is investigating a woman for taking part in a public assembly without a permit outside the embassy of China in Singapore.

The police were alerted on Nov. 28 at 12:55pm to a 32-year-old woman who was allegedly staging a protest pertaining to issues in China outside the embassy.

The woman was directed to stop her protests, and she complied.

The police said in their press release that they would like to remind the public that organising or participating in a public assembly without a police permit in Singapore is an offence under the Public Order Act.

In addition, the police have received queries from foreigners in Singapore advocating for causes relating to issues in China through, for example, the display of posters.

The police warned foreigners visiting, working, or living in Singapore that they should not import the politics of their countries into Singapore and are reminded to abide by the laws here.

Issues in China

China is experiencing a rare display of dissent from its people as many have taken to the streets to protest China's stiff "zero Covid" policy.

These protests were triggered by a fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, which killed 10 people, whose deaths were attributed to the strict anti-virus that could have made it difficult for people to escape the fire and receive aid.

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police on the streets of Shanghai on Nov. 27.

Other cities, such as Beijing and Wuhan, also saw protests.

Protests have even spread to Hong Kong, where dozens gathered in the central business district and the Chinese University of Hong Kong to express their discontent with the anti-virus restrictions.

Many were seen holding a blank piece of paper, a symbol of defiance against China's ruling party.

Protests was also seen in New York, London, Paris and even Tokyo.

In New York, students at Columbia University hung a sign on a statue for Wulumuqi Road, the street where protesters gathered in Shanghai.

In Tokyo, around 90 people gathered in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's busiest train stations.

In Paris, a demonstration drew around 200 people.

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