Sunday, March 2, 2008

How to hold a protest in Singapore

The four million residents of Singapore lack a basic human right: freedom of assembly. It's against the law for Singaporeans to gather in groups of 5 or more without a permit.

Back in November 2007, in the wake of the Southeast Asian nations' summit* in Singapore, some Burmese residents of Singapore invented a new and -- I think -- really creative way to hold a protest under the circumstances. The activists made their way to the same Starbuck's for coffee, and then in unison they rose from their tables to make a statement.

The protest is described in detail here. This is a video of the Burma activists' successful protest Singapore:

* I posted on the Asean summit here.
Hat-tip Jeg.

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