Social Issues

Protest over raid on sex shop

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 August, 2001, 12:00am

Five gay rights activists protesting against a police raid on the Fetish Fashion sex shop were arrested yesterday outside a police station, where one demonstrator dressed in a bondage outfit had tied himself to the front gate.


About 10 members of Rainbow Action marched from Stanley Street to Central police station in Hollywood Road. Some members were dressed in chains and leather outfits. They accused police of discriminating against people with different sexual interests by raiding the Central shop a week ago.


Scuffles broke out when police officers untied the 28-year-old man from the gate and took him inside.


Three other men, aged 24 to 31, and a woman demonstrator, 25, were also arrested for disorderly conduct. A spokesman for the gay group, Justin So On-kit, claimed the police had victimised people with sexual fetishes with their raid on the sex shop, where 26 people were arrested at a public live sex performance on August 12.


'We call for the law to be refined . . . why do the police only selectively take action?' he said.


Rainbow Action is not connected to Fetish Fashion, but believes bondage games should not be considered illegal between consenting adults.


michchak@scmp.com