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News24.com | Singapore protesters detained for participating in tiny LGBTQI rights demonstration

  • January 27, 2021
  • LGBTQI
    rights protesters in Singapore were arrested after participating in a
    demonstration over the alleged mistreatment of a transgender student.
  • Five
    people demonstrated outside the education ministry over the treatment of
    lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
  • The
    tightly-regulated city-state has tough laws against public protests, which are
    usually not allowed without a police permit.


Singapore
– Three LGBTQI rights protesters have been arrested in Singapore after taking
part in a tiny, rare demonstration triggered by the government’s alleged
mistreatment of a transgender student, police said on Wednesday.

The
tightly-regulated city-state has tough laws against public protests, which are
usually not allowed without a police permit – rarely granted – regardless of
the number attending.

Five
people demonstrated outside the education ministry on Tuesday over the
treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, waving placards
that read “trans students will not be erased” and “#Fix schools
not students”.

The
trigger for the demonstration was claims the ministry had blocked a transgender
student from receiving hormone therapy, an allegation that officials have
denied.

Three
protesters, aged between 19 and 32, were arrested for taking part in a public
assembly without a permit after ignoring warnings to disband, police said.

They
have been released on bail while investigations continue.

LGBTQI students mistreated

Protesters
said LGBT pupils face a broad range of discrimination in the conservative
country.

This
includes an insistence by schools that students’ clothes and hair conform to
gender “norms” and a refusal to use the appropriate pronouns
requested by students.

“LGBTQ
students in school aren’t treated well,” Averyn Thng, a 23-year-old
activist who took part in the protest, but who was not arrested, told AFP.

“The
government doesn’t see us as important enough to be protected.”

The
education ministry had no immediate comment.

The
city-state is frequently criticised over its record on gay rights, and sex
between men remains illegal under a colonial-era law.

While
the legislation is not actively enforced, officials argue that Singaporeans
remain conservative at heart and oppose repealing it.


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