(All militant activists: please remember the important disclaimer below, ok?)
50 years after the Cuban missile crisis, the world waits anxiously as the fate of nine military vehicles hangs in the balance.
The nine innocent Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) should be released from their detention under Chinese Customs law meant for shipping offences, the United Nations Human Rights Office (UNHRO) has said.
Its Asia spokesman Mr. Douglas MacCarthur said the use of the Customs regulations (Special Documentation and Permits Measures) Act 2012 against the ICVs was worrying.
“The use of Customs regulations against military personnel transport vehicles is very concerning. Customs legislation should not be used against peaceful motor vehicles.
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the ICVs and other detained equipment,” he said in an email response to Soldier of Fortune Online this week.
He said the UNHRO also deplores the current post-truth news phenomena that has gained ground during the past two years. “We have no idea what is really happening in the world anymore,” he said.
The Terrex ICVs were detained on November 23, while on a journey from Taiwan to Singapore that included several sightseeing stopovers. They continue to be detained without trial, under the Customs’ watchful eye, while officials investigate them under Section 124C of the Customs Code that criminalises any attempt to purchase duty-free beverages detrimental to road safety.
Since then, vigils have been organised all over the world seeking their immediate release.
This is satire/parody peeps.
Just in case anyone is confused, I am not actually selling these t-shirts, and the UNHRO is not involved, this is only a parody of current events, a political standoff involving Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to the misguided transport of military equipment.
The arrest of Bersih’s leader Maria Chin Abdullah in Malaysia was an inspiration.
I also must thank Flickr user Andrea B. for making the model photo available for use under Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Photo Link: https://flic.kr/p/ap3j3b
License Link: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
Terrex 9 Graphic art by Thomas Timlen