Philippines threatens to deport foreign protesters

By | May 1, 2009

Philippines threatens to deport foreign protesters

A Filipino policeman stops scantily-clad members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, as they tried to enter Manila Zoo, Philippines on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The animal rights group is calling for a boycott of the zoo for allegedly making animals live like prisoners behind bars.

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Philippine immigration chief warned foreign activists on Thursday that they can be deported for taking part in protests after a demonstration by bikini-clad members of the animal rights group PETA.

Protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals went to the Manila Zoo on Tuesday and posed for photographers while wearing heart-shaped signs that read “Have a Heart, Boycott the Zoo” over their bathing suits.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said the activists — from Canada, Australia and Argentina — violated the conditions of their tourist visas and would be deported if they did not stop.

“They cannot just protest here, especially if it violates the culture of Filipinos,” he said. “Foreigners should have no business joining these mass actions because it is tantamount to meddling in our country’s internal affairs.”

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