Philippines bans Dutch activist in 'crying cop' case
MANILA (AFP) - A Dutch activist blamed for making a Philippine policeman cry was deported and permanently banned from the country, the immigration bureau said on Thursday.
The bureau said Thomas van Beersum was deported on Wednesday 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.
Mr van Beersum is an "undesirable alien" who violated the terms of his tourist visa by joining a protest, immigration bureau spokesman Antonette Mangrobang told AFP.
"The activities he engaged in do not fall under those of a regular tourist, which are health, business or pleasure", she added.