It appears that the current ban on protests in Singapore has merely woken global NGO's to the repressive situation in Singapore.
Boycott Singapore Airlines
The Singapore Government has issued a warning that it is prepared to cane or imprison protestors who commit “violent crimes” during the forthcoming Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will be held in Singapore in September this year.
As part of a policy of constructive engagement, the World Bank and IMF have allowed non-governmental organisations to hold rallies at annual meetings as long as the groups are accredited by the two organisations.
But the Singapore Government does not normally allow demonstrations so this warning to cane or imprison "violent" protesters is indeed most disconcerting.
It is difficult to fathom how the Government will be able to anticipate and vet those suspected of "violent' acts. The result will likely be an unwarranted screening of participants to the official meetings and related events as well as anyone who enters Singapore during that period.
Imposing restrictions on demonstrations by civil society to express their outrage at the brutal policies of the IMF and World Bank is a restriction on the freedom of expression and their right to dissent against the unjust policies of the Bretton Woods institutions.
In order to show our protest against the Singapore Government's approach in this regard, we urge all citizen groups to do the following:
- Immediately boycott Singapore Airlines (the national carrier) for all world travel
- Express our protest in front of the Singapore Airlines offices around the world calling on people to boycott the airlines in view of the policy of the Singapore government
We hope you will make all efforts to ensure that sufficient pressure is put on Singapore Airlines as a symbol of our collective protest against the Singapore Government.