UPDATED on 9 Oct: First reported by TOC on 8 Oct 2007, 5 SDP members who were arrested were released at 2128hrs on S$1000 bail each. The 5th individual is Jeffrey George who was video-taping the whole event. Furthermore, TOC also reported they were charged under the Prohibition of assemblies and procession – Istana – Section 5(2) Cap.184 . Read here and here for reports by our government-controlled local media.

UPDATED on 10 Oct: Read the SDP’s reports From one despotic regime…. to another.

At Burmese Embassy
Seen here speaking to a local security officer , delivering the petition at the Burmese(Myanmar) embassy before heading to the Istana (Photo: TOC)

Facing the Istana (Photo: Koh Mui Fong/TODAY)

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Singapore’s Democratic Party Leader Dr Chee Soon Juan, left, and his party members stand outside the Istana or Presidential Palace during a protest, Monday Oct. 8, 2007 in Singapore. The SDP leader with his team have held several protests against the violence in Myanmar and have also used this oppotunity to submit a letter addressed to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong which calls for the Singapore Government to reveal the extent of its dealings with the Burmese military and its cronies. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Singapore’s Democratic Party Leader Dr Chee Soon Juan, left, and his party members stand outside the Istana or Presidential Palace during a protest as they are asked by a policeman to leave the premises, Monday Oct. 8, 2007 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

SDP leaders arrested for protesting outside Istana, SDP, 8 Oct 2007

At around 1:50 pm. the SDP’s four-person representation was arrested by Singapore’s plain-clothed police once they began their protest in front of the Istana.

Each holding one placard with the words: “No Deals”, “No Arms”, “with the Junta” and “Free Burma”, they are consisted of SDP’s chairman, Mr Gandhi Ambalam, Secretary-General, Dr Chee Soon Juan, Asst Secretary-General, Mr John Tan, and its CEC member, Ms Chee Siok Chin.

They have been taken to the police vans waiting nearby.

At 11:00 am this morning, the SDP team was at the Myanmar Embassy to hand its petition to the Ambassador, U Win Myint.

About 1,107 signatures have been gathered for the petition during the one week period starting from 30 Sept, Sunday, until yesterday evening.

The Ambassador refused to come out and accept the petition himself. After a long wait, one of the embassy staff finally showed up at the gate.

SDP’s chairman, Mr Gandhi Ambalam, began to read out the letter of petition, “Dear Sir, It is with disgust that we learn about the murderous assault on the Burmese people…” Before he could finished reading the first sentence, the staff abruptly interrupted him and said, “No. We cannot accept this petition.” He then turned his back and walked straight back to the embassy.

Singapore’s plain-clothed policemen were also present with their video cameras to film the event.

Chee Soon Juan’s sister, Chee Siok Chin, arrested and brought to a police van (Photo: TOC)