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Man who allegedly organised Guy Fawkes Day procession charged

A man alleged to be behind the calls to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day last November has been charged in court.

SINGAPORE: A man alleged to be behind the calls to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day last November has been charged in court.

Jacob Lau Jian Rong, 23, is accused of organising a public procession without a permit on November 5 at about 1.44pm.

The procession started from City Hall MRT station at about 7pm and was held to demonstrate support for the "Million Mask March Singapore" and opposition to the Media Development Authority's new regulations.

Last November, there were online postings calling for 24-hour protests globally in support of a movement called the "Million Mask March" to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day on November 5.

In Singapore, 15 people were rounded up by the police for donning the Guy Fawkes mask and gathering at City Hall MRT station and Orchard Road.

Police said investigations are on-going.

In Singapore, organising a public assembly or procession without a permit is a contravention of the Public Order Act.

The maximum penalty for first-time offenders is a S$5,000 fine.

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