Skateboarders nabbed, harassed at Fort Bonifacio, Manila; "Disturbing the Peace" according to the security
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Skateboarders nabbed, harassed at Fort Bonifacio, Manila; "Disturbing the Peace" according to the security

Manila : Philippines | May 06, 2012 at 8:19 AM PDT
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MANILA- A bad Saturday for skateboarders at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Fort Bonifacio, Taguig as security officials took forcibly their boards and detained due to the said extreme sport taken.

According to the skateboarders nabbed in that said incident, they were harassed as well as forcibly detained for about 20-40 minutes in the headquarters of the security department while another skateboarder, Kevin Ducusin, through his statement, stated that "while security officials treated foreigners with leniency, theirs were given unfair treatment, given reasons such as 'disturbing the peace' despite having permits to skate within BGC."

"Skateboarding is not a crime." Ducusin said, referring to the said incident happened last Saturday. "They are doing it just to say they are doing their job."

However, according to the security within BGC, they were implementing policy rules such as prohibiting skateboarding and other related exteme sport within the district.

The said prohibition, arrest and harassment of skateboarders in BGC by the security officials triggered criticism by skateboarders and afficionados against the authorities pointing that the said sport does not disturbing the peace as well as attracts foreign tourists to visit BGC as one of important places of destination in Metro Manila.

As last year, before that said prohibition, skateboarding and other extreme sports were popular in BGC; as youngsters and afficionados developed an interest in that said hobby, with the district as one of its venues suitable for their interest alongside Intramuros in Manila.

They were also given recognition, given that BGC also promoted skateboarding in the district last June 4, 2011 with a parade recognizing the sport.

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A group of arrested skaters were forced to ride in a mobile by the security before detention in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (Photo taken by Keven Ducusin)
QuillRose is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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