MORE PICS & Video – HINDRAF Rally Becomes Running Battles; Police No Compromise – Tear Gas & Chemical Water Cannons Used: IGP - Petition Not Submitted
It’s Queen Elizabeth they want now
Having failed to submit their memorandum to the British High Commission, indraf has now pledged to take it directly to Queen Elizabeth II. Hindraf legal adviser P. Uthayakumar said that they would get a second bite at the cherry when they go to
Shouts of "We want Uthaya!" could be heard echoing again and again and the mob refused to disperse even after being told repeatedly by police and other rally leaders to disperse. They said they would not go until Uthayakumar came. Hindraf lawyer, A. Sivanesan tried to calm them down, to no avail. When pressmen asked him where Uthayakumar was, he said Uthayakumar had gone home because he had something important to do. When questioned as to what could be more important than the rally, Sivanesan said Uthayakumar had a meeting to attend. He refused to say what the meeting was about. Uthayakumar finally arrived, to cheers, at . In his speech to the protesters, he said that Hindraf would continue protesting, even under the threat of imprisonment under the Internal Security Act. "We speak the truth and will continue to speak the truth."We have been independent for over 50 years and we've been told to be patient and to be silent, but that mindset has now changed. "We don't want to rely on Indian-based parties anymore. "We want to go directly to Umno because it is they who hold power," said the lawyer who was in the midst of the illegal gathering yesterday. Uthayakumar hailed the demonstration as a victory, despite not being able to hand over the memorandum to the British High Commission. "We have won today. Victory is ours," he said while the crowd cheered. He claimed Hindraf gathered 100,000 protesters yesterday. But independent estimates put the figure at less than 10,000. Earlier, Sivanesan demanded that the government set up a Royal Commission to investigate alleged police brutality during the rally.
Both Uthayakumar and Sivanesan were treated as heroes by the crowd, and they were repeatedly hoisted onto their supporters' shoulders and feted by the mob. DAP Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran who turned up at the gathering at about 1pm urged the crowd to disperse saying "we have been heard today". "Today we saw a change in the Indian community. A change for the better. "Uthayakumar is expected to face a fresh charge of contempt at the Klang Sessions court today as he had ignored an earlier court order not to turn up at the gathering yesterday. Police had obtained a court order on Thursday where Uthayakumar together with Hindraf leaders M. Manoharan, P. Waytha Moorthy, V. Ganabatirau, R. Kenghadaran and members, were barred from taking part in the illegal rally. Uthayakumar, his brother Waytha Moorty and Ganabatirau were also charged on Friday for inciting racial hatred, an offence under the Sedition Act. Uthayakumar and Ganabatirau had posted bail of RM800 each and were released. They were ordered to be in court today for mention of the case.
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Situation Under Control, Says IGP
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Bernama) -- The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, said police are keeping the situation under control with regard to an illegal gathering initiated by some activists at the intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak here today. A few thousand people had gathered in the area as early as to provide support to the handing over of a petition to the British High Commission by a group known as the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
As at , the petition has yet to be handed over. The petition pertained to the alleged marginalisation of the Indian community in
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Listen Video Clip Below; IGP Interview with Al Jazeera and his shameful words “we allow it”
IGP: Well first of all we allowed it; but of course they got no leaders with them’ So we don’t know who wants to hand over the memorandum. And by the end of it the, leaders came, but later on they did not even hand over the memorandum to the British High Commission.= = == = == ==
Abdullah: Police Have To Disperse Protesters For Security Reasons
"I was told that one group of demonstrators pelted policemen and police vehicles (with stones and bricks) at
Abdullah said claims that a particular race was being marginalised was not true as there were poor and rich people among all races in the country. He said if the Barisan Nasional government did not help the poor, it would have been rejected by the people long ago. "In every society, there are poor people and we have been doing our best to help the Indian community through the MIC, and we will continue to help them," he said. Abdullah also questioned Hindraf's (Hindu Rights Action Force) intention to go ahead with the demonstration despite police warning not to do so. "If you want to submit a memorandum, there are other ways of doing it," he said, adding that action could also be taken against public servants who took part in the illegal demonstration. He said the demonstration yesterday disrupted business and caused people, including tourists, to stay away from the city centre. Abdullah also refuted claims that there was no democracy and media freedom in the country.= == = == = == =Below Original Post
This Post has been hijacked by the following in the Malaysiakini RSS feed; how to screw them?
Malaysiakini like the Bersih Rally almost has a virtual Monopoly in the early coverage of the Hindraf outing with a few blogs giving on the spot coverage. But its total protesters have been revised upwards from 10K to 30KIt coverage are
A Gandhi-inspired mass civil disobedience Andrew Ong | Nov 25,
30,000 Hindraf protesters rally in KL streets
20,000 Hindraf protesters rally in KLCC Nov 25,
Tear gas fired at defiant protesters
10,000 Hindraf protesters rally in KLCC
Anwar: Hindraf rally a safety valve
Samy tells Indians to work 'within the system'
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MORE PICS & Video – Unstoppable HINDRAF Rally Becomes Running Battles; Police No Compromise – Fired Tear Gas & Chemical Water Cannons
It was a day to remember for all Indians (except the MIC crowd) in Malaysia when despite dire warnings from Police, the use of an unprecedented court restraining order, the many roadblocks as early as Thursday and the arrest and release of the Hindraf leaders to restrain and frighten them, the dissatisfied and marginalized Indians came by the thousands to Ampang Park, Wisma MCA and KLCC as the gathering points for the rally. Some were seen walking in single file to avoid detection into the designated points. But there were reports a few thousands also gathered at the
They were allowed to gather & assemble and demonstrate but no further. This time, the Police did not compromise. The moment they started to make a move and marched towards the British High Commission, volleys of tear gas were fired at them in order to deter them from doing so. The only choice for these peaceful protesters were to retreat and regroup and it became a running battle in the heart of
And these took place for several hours before the crowd realizing that they were not able to submit the petition dispersed peacefully just before .
The IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan who was interviewed by Al Jazeera News on the news had the audacity to said that they were no leaders there to submit the petition
ALJazeera: Your officers were fairly effective in driving the protesters away from the British High Commission, do you think that had they been allowed to hand over the petition at the High C, this would have ended peacefully without any disturbance?
IGP: Well first of all we allowed it; but of course they got no leaders with them’ So we don’t know who wants to hand over the memorandum. And by the end of it the, leaders came, but later on they did not even hand over the memorandum to the British High Commission.
(Full transcript follows soon.)
More than 300 people were reported detained.
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ABOVE & BELOW: The fantastic pics from Reuters; ABOVE: Protester throwing back the tear gas cannister at the FRU Police
KL police fire tear gas to halt protest
Malaysian riot police fire water cannon at protesters during a demonstration by ethnic Indians in
Thousands flocked to the gathering in central
Some ethnic Indians, who make up about 7 per cent of the population, complain that they are marginalised in terms of employment and business opportunities by a government dominated by politicians from the majority race, the ethnic Malays.
The group had promised that Sunday's rally would be peaceful, but the government warned ethnic Indians not to participate, saying it could stoke racial tension. On Friday, police arrested three Indians from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), charging them under Malaysia's colonial-era Sedition Act for making what the authorities called seditious speeches at a recent rally outside the capital. On Sunday, thousands of ethnic Indians, some with Malaysian flags and others holding placards, gathered near a normally busy intersection as dozens of police trucks and hundreds of riot police stood guard. A police helicopter hovered overhead. Some shouted 'No democracy in
P. Uthaya Kumar, the rally organiser and legal adviser, said the group had sent letters and appeals to the prime minister and the government over the past five years, asking for a dialogue. 'They don't respond to us, they don't reply,' he told the crowd. Outside the city's iconic twin towers, police chased protesters down side streets and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Curious tourists ventured out of hotels to take a look. 'They are threatening us like a dog,' said engineer Sara Vicriman, from the northern state of
Use Existing Forums To Air Woes, Samy Vellu Advises Indians
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Neither Government Nor MIC Will Support Street Demos - Samy Vellu
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One hour max, says Hindraf;
ABOVE & BELOW: The dumb Jalan Cheras Inspector Jaafar Mohd Noah putting up the restraining order in front of the Bristish High Commission. Who would be allowed there to see it?. They should have used the Helicopter and dump thousand of copies of them onto the people at KLCC and at Ampang Park
Sivanesan said Sunday's planned gathering outside the British High Commission in
The Hindraf gathering is to hand over a petition to the British Commission asking for Queen Elizabeth II (ABOVE) to appoint a Queen's counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British Government for bringing Indians as indentured labourers to then Malaya and exploiting them. The group has filed a US$4 trillion (RM13.5 trillion) suit at the Royal Courts of Justice in
Jalan Ampang closed Sunday
By ANDREW SAGAYAM
ABOVE: Not only Jalan Ampang BELOW: Other adjacent roads were also cordoned off
“Jalan Ampang will be closed from and, because of this, all inter-connecting roads leading to the city centre will be affected. “If motorists still insist on coming into the city, they should be ready for massive traffic congestion whigh might last for hours,” DCP Zul Hasnan told The Star. “We are not stopping the public from entering the city but please avoid the gathering or the roads leading to Jalan Ampang.” he adde
Teachers, Students Warned Against Participating In Hindraf Rally
KLUANG, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin (BELOW) Hussein today warned teachers and students that stern action, including expulsion, would be taken if they were involved in the proposed gathering organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in the capital tomorrow.
"There will be no pardon for them," he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry and Syarikat Oracle, here. Hishammudin, who is also Umno Youth leader, said he supported the Police's action against lawyers P. Waytha Moorthy, P. Uthayakumar and V. Ganabatirau, who are said to be the key players in the proposed gathering, to prevent the situation from worsening. The lawyers were charged in court yesterday with inciting racial hatred. The organisers intend to submit a petition over alleged marginalisation of the Indian community in the country. They claim the British colonialists were responsible for the exploitation of the community and are seeking four trillion pounds (RM27.7 trillion) compensation from the British government. The British colonists brought Indians from south
Meanwhile, MIC Youth Vice Chief S.Ramis said such a gathering was not necessary because there were proper channels to discuss and solve problems.
He described as irresponsible and irrelevant the action by Hindraf in organising the rally
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Don't jump to conclusions, says PM
By DEVID RAJAH
"It has nothing to do with race. People should stop linking or viewing everything that happens in the country as a racial matter," he said. He added that people should not be too quick to make such unfounded claims. "Those who commit offences will have to face charges," Abdullah told Malaysian journalists at the end of the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting here. Abdullah, who is also the Internal Security Minister, said police had evidence to charge the three men for making seditious statements and speeches. The police have been monitoring the activities of the three men and their group for a while now, he said. "We have to take action if these people have clearly committed offences," said Abdullah, adding that the arrest and charging of the three members had no connection with the planned gathering by Hindraf outside the British High Commission in
Watch the Al Jazeera Video Clop (3 min 19s) on the Running Battles in the Hindraf Rally
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3min 13 s, speed reduced 10%
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