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Gilbert Goh announces he’ll go on a hunger strike while serving his prison sentence

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In an Aug 2 Instagram publish, social activist Gilbert Goh stated he might be finishing up a hunger strike, consuming solely liquids, while he serves an upcoming prison sentence.

On July 26, Goh, 60, was convicted of 1 rely of an offence underneath the Public Order Act and one other for refusing to signal a assertion he had given to the police.

He might be serving jail time in default of a effective.

His sentence might be introduced on Aug 19, which is when the activist says he’ll start the hunger strike. But he wrote in his Instagram publish that he hopes the default prison sentence won’t be greater than a week to 10 days.

“Hunger strikes were perpetuated by Mathama Gandhi who conducted many such personal acts while protesting against the British Empire’s rule – the longest was a 21-day hunger strike whereby he only took liquids,” he added.

Goh wrote that the goal of his “political hunger strike “ is “a better Singapore… for better human rights and personal freedom.”

“A hunger strike is more to reinforce one’s resolve for a certain cause than the actual fight for change – hopefully this will change the perception of the general population,” he added, asking the general public for assist on this endeavor.

He spoke to TISG in a transient interview.

When we requested the activist what he was doing to arrange for the hunger strike, he advised us that he’s exercising to realize extra power and vitality in addition to loading up on extra carbohydrates and studying to meditate.

Goh additionally advised us that Gandhi is his inspiration and that he has a imaginative and prescient for “a better Singapore” for “both locals and foreigners living together.”

He additionally shared with TISG the ‘theme’ or trigger deliberate for every day of the strike, which embrace the next:

 Goh, who leads a workforce of volunteers to offer meals and different necessities to the unhoused and needy, particularly the aged, was charged on Dec 15, 2021, with an offence underneath the Public Order Act. 

He is alleged to have staged an illegal protest on May 1 final yr close to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority constructing at Kallang Road.

Goh held up a signal saying, “Please ban all flights from India. We are not racist! Just being cautious”, and posted a photograph of himself on Facebook holding the enroll.

At that point, apart from Singapore residents and everlasting residents, individuals who had been to India within the earlier 14 days weren’t allowed to enter or transit by means of Singapore. That restriction was imposed following a sharp improve in Covid-19 circumstances in India. 

The activist was additionally reported to have refused to signal his assertion to the police on May 11, 2021, when the incident was being investigated.

/TISG

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