Singapore: ‘Business as usual’ at Pink Dot despite barricades, ID checks

Despite security checks and barricades at this year’s Pink Dot, organisers said that it was “business as usual” for the rally, which was held on Saturday (Jul 1) in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Nothing in the event has changed because of the barricades,” Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa told Channel NewsAsia. “It’s just that everyone has to go through them to get inside.” Barricades were set up around the perimeter of the rally site at Speakers’ Corner, to comply with recent changes to the Public Order Act under which organisers of events at Speakers’ Corner must ensure that only Singaporeans or Permanent Residents participate.

At seven designated entrances, participants had to show their pink or blue identity cards to prove they were a Singaporean or permanent resident (PR) before they could enter. They then had to go through bag and body checks. Read more via Channel News Asia