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Police gazette 'Special Event Site' for NDP

Members of the public are not allowed to bring prohibited items into the area, which stretches from Singapore River to Bugis, and includes the Padang, the National Library, Raffles City and the Marina Bay Sands.

SINGAPORE: The police have gazetted the National Day Parade (NDP) 2014 a “Special Event” under the Public Order Act, with Marina Bay and its surrounding areas thereby designated a “Special Event Site”.

The gazette on the Special Event Site, a matter of course for each NDP, will take effect on Aug 9 itself. The reserve date for the NDP is on Aug 10, and the gazette will take effect if the parade is held on that day.

The area is bounded by the Singapore River to the south-west and South Bridge Road, stretching up towards the area around Bugis Junction, and includes the Padang, the National Library, Raffles City and the Marina Bay Sands.

“Security checks on persons and belongings may be conducted by Police officers within the Special Event Site,” the police said in a statement.

For safety and security reasons, members of the public are prohibited from bringing items such as noxious or offensive substances, including animal manure, flares, flammable materials, spray paint, flags or banners larger than 1m by 1m or has a handle longer than 1m, loud hailers and any electronic equipment that could interfere with broadcast equipment used by the NDP organisers.

The police also said that organisers of all public assemblies held within the Special Event Site, whether indoors or outdoors, must apply for permits at the police’s website.

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