Yeah, like hell they did. Here’s the real news.
From Anime News Service –
Police Shut Down Odex Protest / Fans Holding Anime FigurinesÂ
Reuters reports: A handful of fans of Japanese anime had turned up at a Singapore public park on August 25 with armfuls of the toys to protest against a clampdown on Internet downloading of anime material by Singapore animation distributor Odex.
The incident was not reported in the local press.
“The police didn’t stop us from what we wanted to do. But their being there was enough to intimidate,” the event’s organiser — who only wanted to be known by his online moniker Zer0 — told Reuters by telephone. He added that police — who had four anti-riot vans at the scene — also took down the anime fans’ particulars and that they were filmed by plainclothes policemen.
Public protests are rare in Singapore, where outdoor demonstrations are banned and any public gathering of more than four people requires a permit.
Ray’s take: Watch out for the “Special Anime Preservation Agency” when you read this entry if you’re an anime lover in Singapore. You may be the next person who gets thrown into special concentration camps for Otaku…Prepare to get marked with a pair of neko mimi on your left arm, and some exotic tortures with paper fans and bamboo sticks involving your behind.
Singaporeans are awesome law abiding folks, but I’m scare to travel there because I may accidentally cough and lose a drop of spit onto the ground, and I may be thrown into dungeons by the authorities with god knows whatever the hell’s in there… What, I’m only kidding!
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