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Singapore: Artist appears in court over public performance

21 June 2018
Seelan Palay was detained by police in front of Singapore’s Parliament House on 1 October 2017 during his performance of a political piece.
Photo: Seelan Palay’s performance/Facebook

 

UPDATE: Seelan Palay, an artist and activist, who was detained by police on 1 October 2017 during a performance on the charge of unlawful protest, recently appeared in court on 18 May 2018, reported The Straits Times.

According to court documents, Palay carried out his demonstration for three reasons: 1) commemorating the detention of Dr Chia; 2) oppose the actions of the Singapore Government relating to the detention of Dr Chia; 3) oppose the Singapore Government’s decision to designate the Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park as a space for public entertainment and performances.

If found guilty, Palay may be fined up to 3,000 Singapore dollars (approx. 1,800 euros). He is currently out on bail.

This article was updated on 21 June 2018. The original article, entitled Singapore: Artist arrested during public performance, was published on 3 October 2017 and appears below.

Artist and activist Seelan Palay was detained by police in front of Singapore’s Parliament House on 1 October 2017 during his performance of “32 Years: The Interrogation of a Mirror”, which commemorated the world’s longest detained political prisoner, Chia Thye Poh, who lived in detention and under restriction for 32 years, 23 of them in detention, reported The Straits Times.

Palay was arrested for “unlawful protest” under the Public Order Act and was released the next day on $5,000 (approx. 3,125 Euros) bail, reported The Online Citizen.

The artist’s 10-minute performance, which was cut short, started at Hong Lim Park, where he had a permit to perform, then continued to the Art Gallery and ended up at the Parliament House where he was eventually arrested after police attempted to persuade him to leave.

A video of the interrupted performance and arrest can be seen at The Online Citizen

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