Watch: ‘Terrorists’ kidnap Ronald McDonald statue in Helsinki

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 3, 2011 21:57 EDT
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HELSINKI — A group calling itself the Food Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for “kidnapping” a statue of the McDonald’s food chain mascot Ronald McDonald and has threatened to “execute” the figure if their demands are not met.

The group posted a video on YouTube where balaclava-clad “terrorists”, holding the clown statue with a bag over its head, demanded that the world’s largest food chain answer questions about its corporate responsibility and food production.

“We love burgers, fries and McDonald’s, but we can no longer watch in silence as the food we love is being destroyed and brought to shame because of greed and indifference,” one of the “terrorists” said, speaking in Finnish.

The man said the statue, which was taken from a Helsinki restaurant on January 31 by two men posing as maintenance personnel, would be executed on Friday, February 11.

“Have a nice day,” he signed off.

The following video was posted to YouTube, Feb. 2, 2011.

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  • cannotvote

    Fantastic – ! But give me back my Garden Gnome, please!……. and have a nice day! LOL! But so right on!

  • Anonymous

    Haha who will be next after Ronnie?

  • Anonymous

    Guess this message is for Monsanto Inc……

  • Knot

    I wonder if McDonalds are going to hire Blackwater/Xe to fire a Hellfire missile at them. It wouldn’t cost that much, and it would show other terrorists that they do not negotiate. It’s probably legal now, seeing as international law doesn’t exist anymore, and corporations are people, they have a right to bear arms and protect themselves just like other people, they should be able to launch drone strikes to protect their plastic citizens (even if they are clowns).

  • hourglass1

    brilliant guys, great idea – a few rewrites and its ready for prime-time … errors will distract and diminish the message …

  • Anonymous

    Great job. Corporations are legally bound to maximize profits for their shareholders, period. Any common sense or environmentally ethical actions they engage in are done only as advertising to make themselves look better to increase profits, period.

  • Taleisin

    Maybe Hamburgler can pay the ransom.

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  • Anonymous

    The Hamburglar was clearly behind this…..