UPDATED URGENT APPEAL: 5 DECEMBER 2010
52 individuals who have been arrested for participated in a peaceful public assembly; to protest the proposed water tariff hike in Selangor have been released around 8pm today. 50 were released from the PGA Headquarters and two other individuals have been released from Bukit Jalil police station. The two were brought to Bukit Jalil Police Station for not bringing their Identity cards (IC).
Earlier in the morning, 3 persons – Dr. Nasir Hashim (PSM Chairperson and Kota Damansara state assemblyman), S. Arutchelvan (PSM Secretary-General) and A. Sivarajan (PSM Treasurer) – were arrested even before the rally started, which was scheduled to start at 12.00 noon. They were arrested for wearing red t-shirts and on the suspicion that they might be involved in an illegal assembly. They were released around 3pm before the other arrests took place.
SUARAM condemns the brutal actions of the police, who attacked the crowd with tear gas and water cannons. SUARAM further condemns the actions of the police for their continued attacks on freedom of expression and assembly, fundamental rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
SUARAM also would like to thank all those concern citizens who had called the police and demand for the release of the individuals.
Please continue send protest letters to IGP and to the Prime Minister to condemn the arrest and continuous assault on Freedom of Expression and assembly in Malaysia.
video relate to protest today:
photos during protes: (photo’s by Abah Anas Facebook)