Police warn against any pro-Ahok gatherings in Singapore

Public assemblies without a police permit are illegal in Singapore, the police has said in advance of planned gatherings in support of jailed Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok.

Police said yesterday that it is aware of plans to hold events in support of Basuki at the Speakers' Corner and other locations here. The ethnic-Chinese Christian governor was last Tuesday jailed for two years in Indonesia for blasphemy over comments he had made about Islam in a speech to constituents last year.

The police reminded the public that ''organising or participating in a public assembly without a police permit is illegal in Singapore''.

At the Speakers' Corner, only Singapore citizens and permanent residents are allowed to take part in assemblies that do not have a permit, subject to the conditions in the Speakers' Corner rules. ''Organisers of such events have a responsibility to take appropriate measures to ensure that our laws are complied with,'' police said in the statement.

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Foreigners visiting or living in Singapore should not ''import the politics of their own countries'' here. ''Those who break the law will be dealt with firmly, and this may include termination of visas or work passes where applicable.''

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 14, 2017, with the headline 'Police warn against any pro-Ahok gatherings in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe