3 men under investigation over alleged protest outside Myanmar embassy

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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The Myanmar embassy in Singapore. (PHOTO: Google Street View screengrab)
The Myanmar embassy in Singapore. (PHOTO: Google Street View screengrab)

SINGAPORE — Three men are under police investigation for allegedly staging a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Singapore last Wednesday (10 February).

Two Japanese men, aged 48 and 61, and one Indonesian man, aged 49, are believed to have carried out the protest to show support for the people of Myanmar, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a news release on Sunday. 

SPF said it was alerted to the incident at around 3.45pm and that two placards, three mobile phones and a letter were seized from the men.

SPF also reminded the public that "organising or participating in a public assembly without a police permit in Singapore is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act". It also noted that no permits for assemblies that "advocate political causes of other countries" would be granted.

"Foreigners visiting or living in Singapore should abide by our laws," said SPF.

Myanmar's military seized control of the country on 1 February. The coup saw civilian leaders – including Aung San Suu Kyi – arrested and a one-year state of emergency imposed. Thousands have since taken to the streets to protest against the military's actions.

In a news release on 5 February, SPF issued a warning to those planning to stage protests here in relation to the ongoing political situation in Myanmar. It added that it was aware of online posts encouraging people to take part in such protests.

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