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    Maximum jail, fine for serial protester who held illegal demo at US Embassy

    THE STAR – For the ninth time in six years, a serial protester was dealt with in court for holding illegal demonstrations in public areas – 18 days after he was released from jail for similar offences.

    Singaporean Yan Jun, 46, was yesterday jailed for 12 months and an additional 53 days as he had committed the offences during his remission order.

    He was also fined SGD5,000 but will serve an additional six months in jail as he is unable to pay the sum.

    Yan displayed placards in front of the United States (US) Embassy in Napier Road on June 12, denouncing the governments of the US, Singapore and Canada, after notifying various authorities and media outlets about his plans to do so, the prosecution said.

    Yan, whose occupation was not mentioned, repeatedly shouted at the top of his voice despite being asked by police officers to calm down.

    He was later arrested, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sean Teh added.

    His protests mostly targetted political figures and the Singapore judiciary and dates back to at least 2016, when he was convicted of holding demonstrations outside the Istana and the US Embassy, according to court documents.

    He staged several protests in 2017 and used a loudhailer to yell at police officers from a distance for a prolonged time.

    He was also convicted of shouting in an officer’s face.

    Yan Jun protesting in Raffles Place in 2018. PHOTO: THE STAR
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