Sunday, September 17

Right to Assembly

The elegantly produced menu of my Singapore Airlines flight sports a piece of blue and cream abstract art by some European artist based in Washington. The IMF must be in town. Meanwhile it turns out the Singapore has no right to assembly; if more than four people gather they need permission from the police. As the IMF delegates arrived, some half a dozen 'activists' wearing 'dangerous' T-shirts tried to wave placards at a remote park, and were arrested under unlawful assembly rules.

In the Orchid Garden at Changi Terminal 2, self-satisfied sleek fat koi swim unending figures-of-8 in their little pool.


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