Otago Daily Times

One­man protest action re­sults in charges

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SIN­GA­PORE: Sin­ga­pore is set to charge an ac­tivist with stag­ing a one­man protest with­out a per­mit over an in­ci­dent in which he held up a sign bear­ing a crudely drawn smi­ley face outside a po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice have told Jolo­van Wham (40), who has had sev­eral run­ins with au­thor­i­ties in the citys­tate, which tightly con­trols pub­lic as­sem­bly, the me­dia and free speech, he will be for­mally charged in court on Mon­day.

The charge re­lates to a March in­ci­dent in which Wham demon­strated his support for a young cli­mate ac­tivist who said he had been ques­tioned by po­lice over a sim­i­lar protest days pre­vi­ous. Wham posted a pic­ture of him­self hold­ing the sign on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

The civil rights cam­paigner, who has al­ready served two brief stints in jail this year, will be charged un­der the Pub­lic Or­der Act, which reg­u­lates as­sem­blies and pro­ces­sions in pub­lic places, ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet Wham posted on Twitter.

He faces a fine of up to $S5000 ($NZ5374). Sin­ga­pore po­lice con­firmed Wham had been no­ti­fied of charges but did not im­me­di­ately have fur­ther comment. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: REUTERS ?? Jolo­van Wham in his one­man protest in March.
PHOTO: REUTERS Jolo­van Wham in his one­man protest in March.

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