SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Pressure (SPF) is investigating attainable offences at two separate occasions associated to the Israel-Hamas war, together with a public gathering alongside Orchard Street.
Each occasions happened on Feb 2.
A gaggle of about 70 folks had assembled alongside Orchard Street at about 2pm and marched in direction of the Istana, carrying umbrellas with watermelon photos in assist of the Palestinian trigger.
They might have dedicated an offence for organising a public meeting and not using a allow, mentioned the police in a media launch on Tuesday (Feb 13), noting that the Istana is a notably security-sensitive space designated as a Prohibited Space.
“Moreover, their actions advocate the political causes of different nations and have the potential to fire up tensions and result in public dysfunction,” mentioned SPF, including that a number of police reviews had been lodged by members of the general public.
Based on social media posts, individuals of the Letters for Palestine occasion walked from Plaza Singapura to the Istana to ship letters addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The second case that police are investigating includes an on-line video of a non-public occasion “the place a topic was seen stay streaming publicly and chanting ‘from the river to the ocean'”. Others had been seen chanting “Palestine might be free” in response.
The phrase “from the river to the ocean” is related to requires the destruction of Israel, SPF famous, including that the usage of such slogans can result in racial tensions in Singapore and could also be an offence.
WARNING AGAINST CALLS TO PROTEST AT SINGAPORE AIRSHOW
The investigations come amid heightened international tensions because the Israel-Hamas warfare drags on.
Singapore police additionally mentioned they’re conscious of calls to protest in opposition to Israel on the Singapore Airshow, similar to gathering for a sit-in and pasting stickers associated to the battle.
The Singapore Airshow, to be held from Feb 20 to Feb 25, options shows by worldwide aerospace and defence corporations, together with these from Israel.
Police warned that organising or taking part in a public meeting or procession and not using a allow is unlawful.
Affixing posters, placards or different paperwork together with stickers on any properties with out permission additionally constitutes an offence.
In a Fb submit, Second Minister for Dwelling Affairs Josephine Teo mentioned that the police’s advisory “will not be meant to forestall anybody from expressing their considerations, and even their robust views on this subject”.
“However there are methods of doing so that don’t break our legal guidelines or trigger a deep rift in our society,” she added.
“Keep in mind, we can not hope to finish conflicts by beginning extra conflicts of our personal. As an alternative, we will respectfully share our views and contribute to humanitarian reduction efforts. Allow us to proceed to look after these affected by the continuing battle and in so doing, keep our personal unity.”