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Police issue advisory for Pink Dot rally

The police said in an advisory that event organisers are responsible for ensuring activities do not contravene regulations, and reminded attendees to "keep the peace".

The police have issued an advisory for the annual Pink Dot gathering this Saturday (June 28), noting that event organisers are responsible for ensuring that activities during the event “do not contravene the regulations governing the use of Speaker’s Corner or the law”.

The police have also reminded those attending the event to “keep the peace”.

Here is the statement in full:

“In response to media queries regarding the ‘Pink Dot’ event planned for the Speaker’s Corner in Hong Lim Park on 28 June 2014, Police has issued a reminder that the Speakers’ Corner is a designated outdoor area for Singapore citizens to use for any assembly or public speech without the need for a police permit, so long as the topics do not relate to race or religion.

Event organisers are responsible for ensuring that activities conducted during the event do not contravene the regulations governing the use of Speakers’ Corner or the law.

Persons attending the event are also reminded to keep the peace.”

Organisers of Pink Dot said in a statement that they welcome the police advisory and have taken "all measures to ensure a good event experience" for attendees. For the first time, they will be deploying security personnel to help with crowd control and to "manage any unruly behavior" at the park. Over a hundred volunteers will also manage crowds and help to keep the park clean.

"We are particularly mindful of park rules and regulations related to the issues of race and religion, and as a secular event that embraces all Singaporeans we continue to urge the public and all parties to remain calm, exercise restraint and engage each other in peaceful, constructive dialogue," the statement read.

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