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S'PORE POLICE INVESTIGATING PUBLIC TALK WHICH ALLOWED HK ACTIVIST JOSHUA WONG TO SPEAK VIA SKYPE

So apparently a work permit and a police permit are required for any public talk as long as one of the speakers is a foreigner, even when the said speaker is participating via skype. The police finally got me down to take a statement for organising a public talk last month with Hong Kong's Joshua Wong and 2 other local panellists, Seelan Palay and Kirsten Han. Needless to say, the permit was not granted, but my co-organiser Rachel Zeng and I went ahead anyway because it was a harmless and straightforward discussion about social movements.

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PINK DOT DISAPPOINTED WITH MHA'S NEW PERMIT RULES, URGE LOCAL COMPANIES TO STEP FORWARD

We respect and understand the Ministry of Home Affairs’ position, however, we are disappointed by the latest clarifications from the ministry. Pink Dot has always been a local movement dedicated to bringing LGBT Singaporeans closer to their friends and families and closer to Singapore society as a whole – a universal aspiration that we do not consider to be controversial or political. As our society continues to evolve, we hope that this will be the start of an ongoing dialogue and we look forward to continue engaging with the various government agencies to better foster understanding between the government and the LGBT community in the long term. In light of the new rules, we call on more Singaporeans and local companies, who share in our desire and vision for a more diverse and inclusive Singapore, to step forward to support us in Pink Dot 2017.

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