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20 arrested at anti-toll protest January 21, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Malaysia.
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(Photo source: Andrew Ong, Malaysiakini.com)

Twenty (20) persons were arrested at today’s anti-toll protest in Cheras. They are currently held at the Kajang IPD.

They include Dr. Hatta Ramli (PAS), Ronnie Liu (DAP) and Tian Chua (KeADILan). Others that I know of are Jasmine, Jack – a graphic designer and Lee ‘lao shi’, a teacher.

A journalist from Malaysiakini.com, Andrew Ong, was also arrested. Apparently, the police wanted to see his photographs inside his trusty Nikon D-50. (?)

They are expected to be released sometime tonight. When I spoke to Tian on the phone, he said he will have to seek medical help as one of his shoulder may be sprained or dislocated.

No news since 5.30 pm. The phones numbers that I have are either offline or going into voicemail. This is the third protest since the toll-hike was implemented.

(updated: 1930 h, source: Suaram press statement)

(…) Eyewitnesses said the police cracked down the demonstration without giving any warning to the protestors. The demonstration started at 4.00pm at the toll near Cheras Mahkota and merely less than five minutes, the police moved in violently to arrest the protestors.

Some detainees have suffered serious injury due to the excessive force used by the police. Tian Chua said his arm might be dislocated due to the violent manner deployed by the police while arresting him. The detainees were handcuffed while being arrested. Some complained that the handcuff was locked tightly that they cut into their skin.

(…)

We condemn the police for intimidating the journalist from Malaysiakini by confiscating the camera of the journalist, Andrew Ong. This is clearly an attempt by the police to destroy any evidence of their violent acts to prevent this evidence from being used in any inquiry into their abuse of powers, such as had been done in the Suhakam’s (National Human Rights Commission) public inquiry on the “Bloody Sunday” incident. (…)

(Updated: 0100 h, 22 Jan)

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(Photo source: Andrew Ong, Malaysiakini.com)

All were released by 10 pm, including Andrew and his camera.

Tian and three others were taken to the hospital. Tian had painkillers injected into him, to relieve the pain.

Spoke to Andrew after midnight. All his photos intact. At least he didn’t have to gulp down his memory card, otherwise it’ll be tomorrow morning before these photos (see above) are uploaded.

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1. Rikey® said... - January 21, 2007

the country getting more draconian… sigh! and they are say not enough policemen for crimes or to catch mat rempits racing

2. elizabethwong - January 21, 2007

Rikey,
These past weekends, there have been gatherings of 200 M Rempits racing close to my house from 2-5 am. I used to sympathise with them, getting a raw deal and all, but I’m beginning to get pretty upset.

Thanks to Umno Putera and Umno Youth’s deputy head, PJ Selatan and Pantai will think twice voting for BN. Good….

3. Black - January 21, 2007

Eli,

Ini yang buat rasa tak sabar je nak balik. Lepas satu-satu, lepas satu-satu. Tapi apa-apa pun salut untuk semua yang ditahan dan yang turun bersama-sama untuk protest kenaikan harga tol.

4. undergrad2 - January 22, 2007

It is time to take out the Molotov cocktails boys!!

5. Libra - January 22, 2007

PDRM is a licenced bully. They go after gamblers, prostitutes, motorists, opposition politicians and NGOs or foreigners walking along the roads as these are easy game. Easy meat.
But they cleverly avoid house breakers, car thieves, robbers, gangsters and mat rempit. Because this group can hit back at them.
The former group is harmless.

6. Ekker - January 22, 2007

Malaysia isn’t branded a controlled-democratic country for nothing.

7. ituloy angsulong - January 22, 2007

this is like what’s happening in the Philippines today

8. democrat - January 22, 2007

Correction, Ekker. Malaysia is not a controlled-democracy, it is a DEEPLY-FLAWED democracy, or more exactly, a SHAM democracy.

http://malaysia-today.net/blog2006/letters.php?itemid=2024

9. Rikey® - January 22, 2007

Funni that they didn’t tangkap the other group of MCA lead demonstrators last time… wonder why?

10. Rikey® - January 22, 2007

And WOW! there was a total media blackout on this issue!

11. Rikey® - January 22, 2007

Lucky my FAV Newspaper The Sun reported …. thanks SUN!

12. Rikey® - January 22, 2007

and what the Star header was… no wonder I couldn’t find it! that’s intended I suppose.

“22 arrested over unlawful assembly”

KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested 22 people for unlawful assembly at the Batu 11 toll plaza of the Cheras-Kajang Expressway.

Huge difference from THE SUN’s heading..

‘Cops used excessive force on anti-toll demonstrators’
Pauline Puah and Charles Ramendran

PETALING JAYA (Jan 22, 2007): Police have been accused of using excessive force to arrest demonstrators who were about to hold a peaceful protest against toll hikes at the Cheras toll plaza yesterday.

13. sam - January 23, 2007

Ekker… We have well “guided” democracy.

Rikey… What can you expect from MCA’s Star?

14. elizabethwong - January 23, 2007

Sammo,
*pengsan*
Survivor camp got net?!?

15. Winston - January 23, 2007

I think that the agreements signed by the government with the various privatised entities are very biased in the latter’s favour. That’ll explain why they have been cloaked by the OSA.
A mechanism (mid-term election, USA style? ) should be put in place in this country for it to be possible to change (or at least reduce) the government’s power if it commits serious mismanagement during its term. As it is the government do what it likes and can just ignore the people’s wishes once it has been voted into power.

16. JerryWho - January 23, 2007

gprs?

17. Rikey® - January 23, 2007

then lets un-vote them soon!

18. Police, please do your real jobs! « “may the truth save us all” - January 29, 2007

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19. DEATH STAR - January 31, 2007

JOIN ME stop reading star and other govt linked newspapers.

Going to the streets to protest will only end up in Kajang prison for nothing except experiencing fear and terrorised by the haunting cell mates.

Go silent protest and the first to target is the ruling govt. communication tool which is star and others. We can’t blame KESAS or LDP for taxing the average and lower income earners. Business executives and the rich could claim from their institution so they are excluded in my arguement. Reason because those people who rules the toll fees are those behind the parliament cabinets. These are the same gang who dictates what they like us to read everyday on their newspapers.

Why waste RM 1.20 a day or RM 438 a year reading boring craps when we could read fairer news on the internet. We all have nothing to lose except the people on the top. When the readerships declining more than 30% or more, shareholders will scream and ultimately they must tell the stories we common people like to read to attract attentions!

20. tyler666 - February 6, 2007

Wow… nice photographs!


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