02 Jun '12, 10pm

Hundreds Turn Up At Rally Against Arbitrary Detention: Alex Au, Yawning Bread: I caught up with Vincent Cheng...

Hundreds Turn Up At Rally Against Arbitrary Detention: Alex Au, Yawning Bread: I caught up with Vincent Cheng...

“To be very honest,” said Mei, a student aged 23, “I don’t know much about what happened then.” She wasn’t even born when the arrests began in 1987. “But somehow the whole idea that you can imprison somebody without having to show proof in a court just strikes me as wrong.” Are you here to lend support, or just to find out more? I asked. She gave me a look that said, oh, it’s a difficult question, before finally answering, “a bit of both.” And after another pause, decided she could be more categorical. “But the ISA should go, of that I’m sure.” The ISA is the Internal Security Act, which in different forms over the last 64 years, has been used to detain thousands without trial. The longest detainee was Chia Thye Poh who was held for 23 years, and had his movements severely restricted under the Act for 9 more years, making a total of 32 years. He never got his day in court....

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