23 Mar 2006

Surreal or Banal Moment for Protests in Singapore?

Originally spotted on Asiapundit and clicked through to bobafett81


Jodi Ruckley, 33, a volunteer with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), drressed as a bear, protesting the use of the palace's Houseguards bearskin hats, struggles with a policeman as she is placed into a police van at the gate of the Istana or Presidential Palace where Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was expected to arrive on Friday March 17, 2006 in Singapore. The queen, who arrived in Singapore late Thursday after completing a five-day visit to Australia, is making her first trip to the city-state in nearly two decades at the invitation of the city-state's President S.R. Nathan.



A policeman questions Jodi Ruckley, 33, a volunteer with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), dressed as a bear, protesting the use of the palace's Houseguards bearskin hats, as she stands at the gate of the Istana or Presidential Palace where Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was expected to arrive on Friday March 17, 2006 in Singapore.

Singapore police detained an Australian animal-rights demonstrator dressed in a bear suit (L) who staged an illegal protest as Queen Elizabeth II started a state visit


Related Article:
Aussie disrupts Queen's Singapore visit

It reminds me of Jeff Koons 1988 sculpture, apart from the notion that the above images are more menacing.

4 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

I tell you...

...the government and its institutions of this infernal nation are an embarrassment to the human species.

God Save The Queen... from all those angry bears!

And what about the totalitarian state and its Keystone Cops? Just grin and bear it, I suppose.

Sorry.

clyde said...

Where was the squad of cops in riot gear this time round??? Couldn't decide if that would constitute as animal cruelty if they put the baton to the bear?

clyde said...

Turns out this Jodi Ruckley takes her volunteer work very seriously indeed.. An example being her participation in the United Colors of Benetton protest. Where she does quite the opposite of wearing a bear costume...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/29/BApetawool29.DTL

If you look closely enough at the photo, you'll find that her group has just the right number of people (technically) to constitute a "legal gathering" in Singapore too.

lee hsien tau said...

Yep, this Jodi Ruckley is one feisty volunteer. She's fortunate that her backside is white like Michael Fay. The picture shows her visibly struggling with the goon which could earn her 10 strokes of the cane. The goons here appear to need to pass a pre-employment color-blindness test. This is first witness account. The 10 strokes I'm referring to was what a guy got for pushing or spitting at a prison warden, and were awarded 'in-house'.

No wonder some aussies look down on chinks. Our goons have a preference for white.