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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 30 July 2006

No outdoor demonstrations and processions during IMF/WB meetings


Participation of Civil Society Organisations in S2006
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) Group Annual Meetings will be held in Singapore in September 2006.
In the current security climate, the top priority is to ensure the safety and security of our residents, visitors and delegates to the Singapore 2006 (S2006) Annual Meetings.
The Police recognize the importance of the participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the event. We have made maximum effort to facilitate their involvement, within the framework of our laws. However, we are unable to waive the current rules which prohibit outdoor demonstrations and processions, so as not to compromise security.
The venue for the meetings will be made a secured and private area. Security will be enhanced at a high level of alert and vigilance to ensure safety for all delegates.
As host for the Annual Meetings, Singapore will follow the IMF/WB Group¨s tradition of constructive engagement with accredited CSOs.
The S2006 Organising Committee has sought to facilitate the participation of these CSOs and to help them run a successful CSO Forum.
A private secured area will be set up at the lobby of the conference venue at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre for accredited CSOs to conduct their activities. This will enable these CSOs to gather and engage directly with delegates to the Meetings while ensuring that security is not undermined.
Non-accredited CSOs can apply for a Police Permit to conduct indoor public talks, in accordance with existing rules. As long as the location does not compromise security and the individuals concerned intend to abide by our laws, the Police will consider their applications favourably.
Outdoor demonstrations and processions will not be allowed, in keeping with current rules.
There is a need to prevent activities which can undermine the robust security arrangements in place for the IMF/WB Meetings, or disrupt our compact, multi-ethnic and multi-religious community. The Police will respond to public order and security situations fairly and firmly.
28 July 2006 @ 2.00 pm

Source: Media Release 28 Jul 2006

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