MORE PICS & Video – 56 Held in Anti-Price Hike Protest - KLCC Jan 26 08; 43 Males & 13 Females – Opposition & NGO leaders; 500 Protesters Outnumbered
MORE PICS & Video – 56 Held in Anti-Price Hike Protest - KLCC Jan 26 08; 43 Males & 13 Females including Opposition & NGO leaders & activists; Protesters Outnumbered by Police Personnel
11 Who Participated In Illegal Assembly Freed
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Eleven of the 56 people arrested Saturday for participating in an illegal assembly at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) have been released unconditionally, the police said. The other 45 were still being investigated for participating in the illegal gathering and for defying court order, said a statement from the
"They were also arrested for obstructing public officers from discharging their duties," the statement said. Meanwhile, the proceedings to obtain remand orders for those who were still under police custody were still progressing at tonight at a
Swift police action prevents rally against fuel and food price hikes; several people detained
Yesterday, as protesters tried to gather near
'It's almost ridiculous, conducting mass arrests before we even converged,' said Mr Tian Chua, who described the arrests as a 'brutal crackdown'. Protes had last tried to hold a protest against price hikes at the same place in May 2006. Then, 18 people were arrested and several others injured in scuffles with police.
The recent string of protests in this normally peaceful country comes at a bad time for the government, which is expected to hold elections in March.
Simultaneous arrests were made at several places including outside the entrance to KLCC and the Ampang LRT station. The arrests took place at about where the protest rally was expected to start. Among those arrested were Dr Hatta Ramli, Trasuurer of PAS and secretary to Protes.
At , some 200 PSM supporters marching from Ampang Park LRT station to KLCC were locked in a standoff with the police. 10 minutes later 12 PSM supporters & leaders were arrested including its secretary general S Arutchelvam Subramaniam after a minor scuffle. 100 supporters lingered on in KL CC before dispersing peacefully.
All those arrested were brought to the Police contingent headquarters for questioning. More than 100 uniform Police personnel were seen around the KLCC area well before the rally. A steel barricade was erected at the taxi stand at the entrance from Jalan Ampang to KLCC. Police were also stationed at the Ampang Park LRT station where the gathering was expected to march to KLCC were expected to gather. FRU Personnel were on standby since early morning. No violence was reported.
ABOVE & BELOW: At KLCC the crowds were waiting for Police Action
56 held for attending illegal protest rally
Among those arrested were five members of Protes named in the court order:(ABOVE) PAS treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli (BELOW), PKR information chief Tian Chua, Arutchelvam Subramaniam, Simon Oii and DAP leader Ronnie Liew. Others included Parti Sosialis
ABOVE & BELOW: Arrested for being in an illegal gathering
ABOVE & BELOW: Police barricade & blockage into KLCC
Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jamal Zahiid was detained for “asking too many questions”. According to Jamal, all he had asked was on what grounds were the police arresting people. Dr Hatta, Tian Chua and lawyer Jonson Chong were arrested while they were giving a press conference at a restaurant opposite the Australia High Commission in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng near KLCC. Dr Hatta told reporters that they would challenge the court order obtained by the police.
ABOVE & BELOW: The water cannons were spotted but were not used on that day
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Police had issued a warning a day earlier( ABOVE), stating that the gathering was illegal as the organisers had not been issued a permit. Police had also obtained a court order barring the gathering and empowering police to arrest those who participated in the gathering.
ABOVE & BELOW: The stand-off with police who told them to "disappear"
The crowd started gathering at in front of Suria KLCC,
Those detained were taken to the city police headquarters. Among those arrested were four of the five leaders of Protes named in the court order: They were Dr Hatta Ramli, Tian Chua, Arutchelvam Subramaniam and Simon Oii. Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu was also detained.City police chief Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman said the detainees would be held for further investigations.ABOVE & BELOW: The crowds & protesters along Jalam Ampang
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