5 South Korean women deported for causing trouble in Orchard Rd

Foreign media and members of the auxiliary police standing outside The St Regis Singapore on June 9, 2018.
Foreign media and members of the auxiliary police standing outside The St Regis Singapore on June 9, 2018. ST PHOTO: KELVIN LIM

The five South Korean women arrested for causing trouble in Orchard Road on the day before the Trump-Kim summit have been repatriated, said the police.

In consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, the police gave a stern warning to the group. Their visit passes were cancelled and they were repatriated to South Korea, the police said on Wednesday night in response to queries from The Straits Times.

 

The women were arrested under the Public Order Act at 9.10pm on Monday at the junction of Tanglin Road and Nassim Road, near The St Regis Singapore hotel, where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was staying. Mr Kim was on his way to visit Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay then.

Earlier on Monday, the group had unfurled banners near the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa, where the summit between United States President Donald Trump and Mr Kim was held on Tuesday.

Police said the women were also spotted near the Shangri-La Hotel, where Mr Trump had been staying, and had protest placards with them. They were told to leave the area, which was part of a special event area featuring high security.

Instead of complying, the five women headed to the nearby St Regis, which was still within the special event area, said the police.

The police then stopped and warned them again. But the women refused to cooperate with the police, became rowdy and started to shout. They were subsequently arrested.

The incident comes after two South Korean journalists representing the Korean Broadcasting System News were arrested on June 7 for trespassing on the North Korean ambassador's home. They were later deported as well.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline '5 S. Korean women deported for causing trouble in Orchard Rd'. Print Edition | Subscribe