MORE Arrests 8+1+1+10=20 - 4 Lawyers, 4 Activists –Walk; BAR Edmund Bon, PAS Mohd Sabu, 10 Bersih Protesters; PM: Laws are Enforced on All
The Government is acting tough and flexing its muscles and acting to deflect Hindraf allegations that they were discriminated. So everyone is roped in for flouting the laws. The PM says lawyers are not exempted and so are the Bersih Protesters.
There are exceptions to this selective application of the long arm of the law. When the rural folks openly flouted the law for not wearing crash helmets, they can get away Scott free; the Palestinian student who breached KLIA Security then stowaway to
It was a SUNDAY DAY of ARREST as mentioned by DAP Ronnie Liu - 8 + 1 + 2 + 12 =23; Early Morning the 4 lawyers and 4 activists were detained followed by Bar Council Human Rights Chairman Edmund Bon. Pas vice president Mohd Sabu was arrested in
Mohamad Sabu, Tian Chua Held Over Bersih Rally
BELOW: Deputy IGP said:
Tian Chua was arrested in
ABOVE: Mohd Sabu was inside his Naza Ria car and BELOW: DAP MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan was present to lend a helping hand
It is learnt that the Naza Ria utility vehicle in which Mohamad Sabu and his family were in was blocked by three police vehicles at a junction to a shopping mall in
Tian Chua was picked up by a Bukit Aman CID team in
Malaysian police arrest 8 at lawyers' march
Lawyers march with a banner during a rally in Kuala Lumpur
They were outnumbered by more than 300 police officers who used loudhailers to order them to disperse, and then arrested five prominent lawyers and two other demonstrators.
A police spokesman said another lawyer was arrested for preventing the removal of human rights banners from outside the Bar Council's building nearby. "Firstly, the demonstrators did not have a permit to be here," police superintendent Hamzah Ismail told AFP. "And because the lawyers and demonstrators failed to leave after repeated warnings to disperse, we had to take action," he said. Most demonstrators dispersed soon after the arrests but there was a heavy police presence in the area for several hours. "Authorities seem to be upset by any visible signs of protest and I think this is a problem with the country," said lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah, who is also a leader of the Keadilan opposition party. "They don't seem to be able to deal with peaceful dissent," he told AFP before he was arrested.
ABOVE: Walk Organiser Latheefa Koya arguing with the Police Officer and BELOW: being escorted away
Organiser Latheefa Koya,(ABOVE) who was also arrested, said that Malaysians needed to continue to exercise their constitutional right to public assembly.
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Malaysian police detained seven people on Sunday for holding an illegal human rights rally, lawyers said, criticizing the arrests as an assault on the right to assemble peacefully. The Bar Council, which represents some 12,000 lawyers, had planned a 2.5-kilometer march in downtown
Any gathering of more than four people in
Local police chief Che Hamzah Che Ismail (ABOVE) said the detainees were taken in for questioning after ignoring warnings to disperse. Some 200 to 300 policemen were mobilized on Sunday to prevent any illegal rally, he said. Last month, two illegal street demonstrations stunned the normally peaceful country. Some 10,000 ethnic Indians clashed with police in a rally in
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4 Lawyers, 4 Activists Held For Participating In Illegal March
A group of 50 people including lawyers, activists, bloggers and members of non-governmental organisations started gathering in front of the shopping complex since . The gathering is not only unlawful as they did not have a police permit but they had also snubbed the Bar Council's decision to cancel the assembly very much earlier. The marchers, wearing surgical masks, started their "Peace Walk" half-an-hour later, passing through Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman towards the Bar Council building, about 2km away, to mark World Human Rights Day tomorrow. About 100 policemen were seen stationed along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman till Jalan Raja as early as to ensure the situation was under control. However, there was some commotion when police ordered them to disperse as they were passing through Jalan Tun Perak in front of the old court building.
Irked by the police order, an argument ensued between the marchers and policemen, leading to the arrest of the lawyers and activists. In the midst of the argument, some members of the group proceeded to walk to the Bar Council building. Meanwhile, Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenavasan said she was disappointed with the police for detaining eight people, including four lawyers, for participating in the peaceful walk. She said the people should be given the freedom to assemble peacefully. "I believe it would have been a peaceful march if not for the police
presence," she said. Ambiga was seen at the entrance to the
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Lawyers, activists arrested: Innocent victims of a brutal state
Aliran deplores the thoughtless and mindless reaction of the state against any democratic expression of our constitutional rights to exert our freedom. We are appalled that even a small gathering of marchers to a nearby destination in an orderly manner without obstructing the traffic or causing any chaos to the public cannot be allowed or tolerated by this oppressive regime. If this little act of a democratic principle cannot be exercised in a responsible manner, can we pretend to be a democratic country any longer?
This state abuse of our fundamental rights shames the country and condemns the leaders as hypocrites. Aliran calls upon the government to immediately and unconditionally release all those brave Malaysians who have been unjustifiably detained. In the eyes of the ordinary Malaysians, they are innocent victims of a brutal state that does not respect the principles of democracy.
P Ramakrishnan; President;
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No Double Standard In Enforcing The Law On Law Breakers - Abdullah
ABOVE: PM Abdullah interpretation “no favouritism whatsoever on this matter” for all who flout the law but some are exempted
PETALING JAYA, Dec 9 (Bernama) -- The Government does not practise double standard when taking action on law breakers even if they are lawyers, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Sunday. "Even today I've been informed that police have arrested eight people(including four lawyers). Even though they are lawyers, if they break the law, definitely action will be taken against them.
"There is no favouritism whatsoever on this matter," he told reporters after giving away prizes to golfers participating in the MasterCard-ntv7 Platinum Golf Masters 2007 Charity Grand Finals at Saujana Golf Club in Subang, near here. Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, was responding to reporters' questions on the arrests of four lawyers and four activists at Jalan Tun Perak in
They had earlier gathered in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex before walking through the busy?????????? Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to the Bar Council building at Jalan Raja, about 2km away. The group has not only violated the law for not having a police permit to hold an illegal assembly, they have also snubbed the Bar Council's decision to cancel the assembly very much earlier.
Abdullah said the police took appropriate action in tackling today's illegal assembly as the participants had defied the law, "They did not obey the law, they still want to protest and they acted in defiance of the law. Definitely, the police have to take action in accordance with the law," he said. The Prime Minister said anti-government actions and defiance of the law must stop as they were of no benefit to the country and the people. "They are not our culture. These are not the ways we should emulate," he said. Asked on the Indian government's move to steer clear from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), Abdullah said he appreciated very much the Indian government's stand. The Prime Minister said
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This is outrageous!", Bar screams over arrest of Edmund Bon Contributed by Web Reporter
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun: The Chairman of the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon was arrested after stopping some officers from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) from removing banners and placards hung on the premises of the Bar Council Secretariat about 12.15 this afternoon. Earlier, the Bar Council had decided to cancel the walk from SOGO to the Bar Council Secretariat in conjunction with the International Human Rights Day which falls tomorrow. The Council then decided to hold the celebration indoor at the Bar Council Secretariat. Banners and placards were also hung outside the building as well at the perimeter of the car park next to the building which was rented for this purpose. Some of these banners were carried by members during the September 26 Walk for Justice. Then about , a team of officers from DBKL led by one Kulasegaram arrived and said the banners and placards had to be removed because they were put up without any permit. Edmund was then seen trying to explain to him that these banners and placards were hung on private property and asked whether Kulasegaram had any warrant to enter the premises. Bar Councillor Roger Tan who had also just arrived then tried to persuade Kulasegaram to exercise restraint and to allow the celebrations to continue as these banners and placards would be removed by 3pm. Tan also said the Council had already cancelled the walk in good faith, and there was no need to mar the celebrations and aggravate the situation by resorting to this means.
However, the unreasonable Kulasegaram and his officers nevertheless went ahead to forcibly remove the banners and placards. Other members of Bon's committee together with the Executive Officer, Rajen tried stopping them shouting, "This is private property, and we reserve our rights against DBKL and each of you". One of the banners removed was totally harmless advertising about the Pesta Masakan Warisan. The DBKL officers then took the banners and placards away. It was at this time that the indignant Bon went back to the steps of the Secretariat shouting in the presence of the press that DBKL had no right to enter our premises as it is private property. "Itu adalah hak kita", Bon said. Bon was also heard inviting the senior police officer who was standing there, "Come, don't do that. Come and celebrate with us. There is nasi lemak and mee goreng inside." Shortly thereafter, a police officer walked towards Bon and wrapped his arms over Bon and said, "You are under arrest".
A visibly shaken Bon's mother who was in the Auditorium located on the 1st floor then rushed down but Bon was already whisked away in a police car with a huge crowd of pressmen and lawyers running behind. The patrol car followed by another 2 unmarked police vehicles sped away with sirens screening. Bon was sent to Ibu Pejabat Kontinjent Kuala Lumpur and there the Web Reporter understands he was met by the President of the Malaysian Bar, Ambiga Sreenevasan who was there visiting those lawyers who were arrested earlier in the morning for taking part in the walk from SOGO to the Bar Council Secretariat.
When contacted, Ambiga (ABOVE) said "this is outrageous and I am in a state of utter disbelief at what has happened."
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ABOVE: The Attorney General Ghani Patell was working overtime on a Sunday 9 Dec 07 (BELOW) in Kuala Trengganu charging the Group of "rioters" in the Sep 8 Batu Buruk incident. More details in next post
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