10 November, 2008

Selangor’s top cop: dispersal not during National Anthem

Despite video evidence, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the police moved in on participants at a candlelight vigil last night while they were singing the national anthem...more @ Malaysiakini

23 arrested during the vigil to commemorate the first anniversary of
BERSIH's rally

The authority's intolerance to peaceful assembly continued when the
police arrested 23 individuals, including Member of Parliament, State
Assemblymen, activists and journalists during a vigil to commemorate
the first anniversary of the Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur last year.

The vigil was scheduled to start at 9.30 pm on 9 November at Padang
Timur, opposite the Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya. As the time
approaches, the police urged the gathered crowd in the field to disperse.

The crowd then walked over to the PJ Civic Centre, about a kilometre
away to continue the program. At 10.15pm, the police moved into the
crowd and made arrests just as they were singing the national anthem
and getting ready to leave.

"NegaraKu" at Amcorp Mall from Second Thoughts on Vimeo.

The people were singing the National Anthem “Negaraku” and were ready to go home. But before they could end ....read more @ Sivin Kit's Garden.

URGENT: CIJ condemns arrests at PJ vigil

The Centre for Independent Journalism condemns the arrest last night
of demonstrators at the anniversary of the free and fair elections
rally as well as a videographer from Malaysiakini.tv. We call for
their immediate and unconditional release and to respect their
fundamental right to gather and express themselves.

According to reports from news portals Malaysiakini.com and
thestar.com.my, riot police moved in on a crowd of 300 people in
Petaling Jaya where they had gathered to commemorate the one year
anniversary of the BERSIH rally. Police were reported to have arrested
23 people, including a Member of Parliament Tony Pua, state executive
councillor Ronnie Liu, state assemblyman Lau Weng San, a local
councillor Tiew Way Keng and videographer Shukri Mohamad.

Reports from citizen contributors to blogs said a simultaneous event
held in Ipoh, three hours north of Kuala Lumpur, went on smoothly
drawing a crowd of 350 people. The event also marked the release of
blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin on Friday by the courts, which found his
arrest under the Internal Security Act, unconstitutional.

CIJ calls on the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to
free those arrested and explain the use of the riot police in
controlling the crowd, which had planned for a peaceful gathering. The
continuous use of force against people expressing their views on
issues such as the need for free and fair elections and abolishing the
ISA is a demonstration of the intolerance for public criticism of the
status quo.

Issued by V. Gayathry, Executive Director, CIJ.

Read also jelas.info :" Videos of police attacking Negaraku singing crowd; Selangor police chief proven liar."

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