SINGAPORE: Singaporean activist Gilbert Goh was summoned to the Singapore police station at Cantonment on Thursday (9 Nov) for questioning as part of an ongoing investigation.
He has also been directed to refrain from accessing his Instagram account.
The investigation is understood to be centred around two incidents where Mr Goh was seen in his social media Instagram posts, showing him holding up a sign at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park, expressing his solidarity with the victims of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
As of Thursday at 4:30 pm, the second Instagram post of Goh holding a sign at Speakers’ Corner is inaccessible, while an earlier post from October 19th remains viewable to the public.
According to a notice received by Mr Goh, as observed by Gutzy, the investigation is being conducted under the Public Order Act.
On Monday (6 Nov), A photo published on Mr Goh’s Instagram shows him holding a sign with the words: “CEASE FIRE NOW!” at the Speakers’ Corner.
The sign also displayed disturbing statistics: “Total deaths – 9800, Children – 4000, Women – 2400, Missing – 2200.”
In the description accompanying his post, Mr Goh wrote: “In solidarity with 2 million Palestinians at Gaza. In solidarity with those hostages still held by Hamas. ”
He concluded with a quote from Gandhi: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
On 21 October, The Singapore Police Force (SPF) disclosed that investigations are underway concerning an incident involving Mr Goh.
This investigation follows a recent declaration by the authorities, including the National Parks Board, prohibiting events and public assemblies related to the volatile Israel-Hamas conflict, citing substantial public safety and security concerns amidst escalating international tensions.
Defying these restrictions, Goh reportedly shared a monochromatic image on Instagram on 19 October, capturing himself at Speakers’ Corner, displaying a placard with a message that read, “Peace not war. Israel stop the killing at Gaza! Hamas release all the hostages!”
The post garnered positive feedback, with netizens commending Goh’s courage and echoing his sentiments for peace.
This local incident unfolds against the harrowing backdrop of continued violence in the Middle East.
Goh, known for his advocacy in human rights, helms Transitioning.org, providing support for the unemployed, and Love Aid Singapore, focusing on the local homeless and underprivileged populace.
In a statement released, the SPF acknowledged awareness of “a social media post showing a man holding onto a sign related to the Israel-Hamas conflict outside the Speakers’ Corner” and affirmed that inquiries are ongoing. Though the statement did not explicitly name Goh.
The SPF sternly reiterated its stance on the matter, emphasizing that organizing or partaking in public assemblies without requisite permissions, especially concerning sensitive issues like the Middle East conflict, is an actionable offence under Singapore law.
Singapore authorities declined five requests to use Speakers’ Corner for events related to Israel-Hamas Conflict
The Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park stands as the sole location in Singapore where citizens can conduct outdoor gatherings and marches without a police permit. Applicants seeking to utilize the area are required to submit applications to NParks for consideration.
In a Parliamentary session on Monday, Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim confirmed that the Singapore government has rejected five applications to use the Speakers’ Corner for events related to the Israel-Hamas war in October.
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