The activists who have been charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly and procession on 15 Mar this year are due back in court tomorrow for another pre-trial conference (PTC). The group of 18 were given till 18 Aug 08 to look for lawyers.
All have pleaded not guilty to the charges. This is because the PAP Government has no right to deny citizens their Constitutional rights to freedom of assembly laid out in Article 14 which states that "every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression" and "all citizens of Singapore have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms."
It is obvious that the Government is worried about the growing interest in the TBT campaign which takes aim at the greed of the ministers and escalating cost of living in Singapore. This message will resonate even more as the economy slows down, retrenchments pile up and prices remain high.
Singaporeans resent the high pay of the ministers even as the number of hungry and homeless increase. On 15 Mar, the TBT activists decided to act on this.
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