Police block march to parliament


SINGAPORE: Six anti-government activists who spent the night on a street corner after authorities refused to let them march towards the IMF-World Bank meetings tried to proceed again yesterday but were blocked by police officers. 

Led by Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, the protesters wanted to march to Parliament and the convention centre where the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings are being held. 

An officer told Chee that he was not allowed to proceed because it was an offence to hold a march, as well as to address the public at Parliament and at the convention centre, without a permit. 

The protesters demanded more transparency and accountability in the government, increased efforts to address the growing income gap between the rich and the poor, and greater freedom of speech. – AP  

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