Foreigners barred from Singapore’s largest pride event

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The organisers of Singapore’s only pride event have banned foreigners from attending this year, following a rule change in the city’s laws on demonstrations and political gatherings.

Before the rule change, foreigners could attend Pink Dot as observers, but only locals were allowed to actively “demonstrate” by joining in the human formation of the event’s trademark pink dot or holding up placards.

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The event’s organisers said in a statement that changes to the city’s Public Order Act — laws limiting demonstrations in the country — would mean that the law “no longer distinguishes between participants and observers, and regards anyone who turns up … in support of an event to be part of an assembly.” Read more…

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