Monday, September 11, 2006

Singapore DEPORTS PETA Activists

Singapore has demonstrated her stance against protestors. The 3 PETA protestors were arrested before they even began to protest. Such is the rigidness of the country.

The question is, would they cane activists as promised?


Singapore deported three animal rights advocates who planned to stage a semi-naked protest outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in the city-state, authorities and the activists said.

The trio from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, planned a demonstration Friday in which two women were to stand outside a local KFC restaurant, each wearing nothing but a banner reading "Naked Truth: KFC Tortures Chicks," the group said in a statement.

The two women were PETA members Ashley Fruno of Canada and Sonia Astudillo of the Philippines, while the third member was the group's Asia-Pacific director Jason Baker, an American citizen based in Hong Kong, the statement said.

PETA said the protest was canceled.

The group staged a similar protest outside a KFC restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, last month.

Singapore police said in a statement they deployed officers to find and interview the activists on Thursday and Friday in response to calls reporting that the trio had been "behaving suspiciously." The statement did not give details of what the activists were doing nor identify the callers.

"Based on their profile and records, police assessed that they would be participating in an anti-KFC campaign as PETA activists and will speak without a permit," the police statement said late Friday.

Police said the three were asked to leave the city-state by Friday, and that Singapore's immigration authorities had canceled their social visit passes.

Singapore has been tightening security measures ahead of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on September 19 to 20.

Singapore says it will strictly bar outdoor demonstrations, which even under normal circumstances are rarely seen in the city-state because of tight restrictions on expression.

Its leaders say such controls have helped turn the tiny resource-poor island into one of Asia's economic powerhouses.

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