Singapore stops chicken man staging anti-KFC protest

June 10, 2010
Singapore Democrats

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Mail and Guardian

A United States animal-rights activist said he was prevented by police on Thursday from staging a one-man protest in a chicken suit at a KFC outlet in Singapore.

Edward Basse, a Manila-based campaigner for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said he was whisked away in a police car after he arrived by taxi outside the restaurant in a working-class district.

“I am now in my hotel room. I am under functional house arrest. I will stay in my hotel room under police surveillance until I leave tomorrow,” 24-year-old Basse told Agence-France Presse by telephone.

Police in Singapore, which has some of the world’s toughest restrictions on protests, had no immediate comment.

“It took a long time, the questioning, perhaps a couple of hours. I was scared, but that is what I have to do for the chickens,” Basse said.

“They consficated my bags and the chicken costume, as well as the poster,” he added, saying he did not expect to be charged and would leave Singapore voluntarily.

In Singapore, protests are only allowed at a designated public park located on the fringe of the business district. Otherwise, any public demonstration or march needs a police permit.

“I was scared but they treated me fairly okay,” Basse said of his stay with the police.

“I am here now in my room safe, but what I went through is nothing compared to [the treatment of] the chickens.”

http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-06-10-singapore-stops-chicken-man-staging-antikfc-protest