Hong Lim Park 'picnic' for duo facing charges of public nuisance, organising demonstration without approval

Hong Lim Park 'picnic' for duo facing charges of public nuisance, organising demonstration without approval
Bloggers Han Hui Hui and (2nd from right) Roy Ngerng turned up in Hong Lim Park on Saturday, 25 Oct 2014, at about 4pm.

SINGAPORE - Activist Han Hui Hui and blogger Roy Ngerng were at Hong Lim Park on Saturday for what they called a "nice picnic with friends", a day after receiving summonses for a court appearance to face charges of public nuisance and organising a demonstration without approval.

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Two people given police warning over protest

By Tham Yuen-c, published on Oct 24

Two people, who took part in a recent Hong Lim Park protest that disrupted a charity event, were given a conditional warning by police yesterday.

This means they must not commit any offence for a specified period, usually for 12 or 24 months. Should they do so, they will be charged with the new as well as the existing offences.

The police, who did not name the two persons, said last night the warnings were given to "two individuals who had participated actively at the event".

A spokesman for the police said in response to queries from The Straits Times: "These actions are taken after careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, and in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers.

"The investigation outcome for the remaining individuals will be made known to them in due course."

The conditional warning was issued for an offence of public nuisance, under Section 268 of the Penal Code.

The duo who got the warning were among several people questioned by the police over the Sept 27 protest.

Protest organiser Han Hui Hui had led several hundred people in a march around the park, encroaching on a nearby charity carnival and scaring special needs children performing on stage.

The police did not say if Ms Han, who is also under probe, had received a warning.

But the 22-year-old activist said in a Facebook post yesterday she would be reporting to the Police Cantonment Complex this morning. She did not elaborate and police would not comment.

Yesterday, she also wrote to the National Parks Board (NParks), through her lawyer, asking the government agency to approve a protest she had planned for tomorrow at Hong Lim Park.

Last night, NParks said it would stick to its decision.

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