Earlier today, Falungung people set up signboards and started giving out flyers along Orchard Road, right outside Wisma Atria. There were a number of police officers walking around but not actually doing anything.. they were probably waiting for instructions.
I was walking down Orchard Road, taking some photos of the Falungungers. Nothing fancy, no tripod, just street shots. I wasn't taking photos of Wisma Atria or any buildings. After that, I turned into Wisma Atria and reviewed my photos on the stairs.
Two policemen came up to me and said, "Excuse me Sir, are you a tourist or Singaporean?"
"Singaporean.", I said.
"You're not from the press or anything like that, are you?"
"Nope. Just taking photos."
"Why are you taking photos?"
"Well, this is not something you see everyday, right? It's unusual.. and I like taking photos of unusual things."
"You like taking photos?"
"Yep. I walk down Orchard Road every week taking photos."
"Can I get your particulars?"
"Okay". (Gives IC to policeman) "So you're going to verify my identity or something?"
(pause) "Nah. Can I get your contact number as well?"
(Gives mobile number)
"Thank you very much Mr S."
And then they left me to resume shooting.
So that's what happened. That part is okay... they want particulars in case some incident happens and they need people to give statements or something.
But what I'm wondering about is, why did they only stop Singaporeans? There were lots of tourist types walking around with cameras and camcorders, doing closeup videos of the Falungungers too. And none of them were stopped. Is there a specific reason for this disparity?