Philippines bans Dutchman in ‘crying cop’ case 荷男弄哭警察 菲國禁入境

Tue, Sep 03, 2013 - Page 11

A Dutch activist blamed for making a Philippine policeman cry was deported and permanently banned from the country, the immigration bureau said on Aug. 8.

The bureau said Thomas van Beersum was deported on Aug. 7 after the authorities had picked him out from a photograph that went viral showing him allegedly haranguing a uniformed police officer at an anti-government protest in Manila last month.

Van Beersum is an “undesirable alien” who violated the terms of his tourist visa by joining a protest, immigration bureau spokeswoman Antonette Mangrobang told AFP.

The activist was photographed yelling at a weeping Filipino riot policeman at an anti-government protest during President Benigno Aquino’s annual policy address to parliament on July 22.

Photographs of the incident, showing policeman Joselito Sevilla crying as he held back van Beersum and other activists, spread around the world on the Internet, and provoked heated debates on social media sites.

The policeman later said he was crying from exhaustion and hunger after a long stint securing the area for Aquino’s speech.

(AFP)

移民局八月八日表示,一名弄哭菲律賓警察的荷蘭社運人士遭遞解出境,且永遠不得入境。

移民局表示,當局透過網路瘋傳的照片找到范比爾桑,照片中的他據稱在馬尼拉上月一場反政府示威活動中大聲斥責穿著制服的警察,移民局於是在八月七日將他遞解出境。

移民局發言人蒙果邦告訴法新社,范比爾桑違反觀光簽證規定加入抗議,是「不受歡迎的外國人」。

菲律賓總統艾奎諾三世七月二十二日對國會發表年度政策演說時,范比爾桑被拍到參加反政府遊行,對著哭泣的鎮暴警察大吼。

員警塞維亞邊哭邊阻擋范比爾桑與其他示威者的照片透過網路傳遍世界,引發社群媒體網站熱烈討論。

塞維亞後來表示,他是因為艾奎諾三世演說維安時間太長,精疲力竭又飢腸轆轆才哭。

(法新社/翻譯:陳維真)