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Ambiga, Pakatan leaders arrested; Anwar hurt

July 9, 2011

They were arrested when they started their march from the Hilton Hotel in KL Sentral to Stadium Merdeka.


KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chairperson S Ambiga Sreenevasan and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang have been arrested.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah and PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s two daughters were also detained.

The four were arrested when they marched together with hundreds of supporters from the Hilton Hotel in KL Sentral to Stadium Merdeka.

Earlier, Ambiga met Anwar, his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and several other opposition leaders.

Anwar tweeted that his daughters – PKR vice president Nurul Izzah and Nurul Haza – have been arrested as well.

The police have also arrested other Pakatan leader such as R Sivarasa, Tian Chua and Ngeh Koo Ham were arrested for marching towards Stadium Merdeka.

“My arrest is totally in bad faith. I was trying to negotiate a peaceful march out of here. I was just forcefully pulled away when we could resolve this much better,” said Sivarasa.

Anwar, Khalid hurt

Anwar also tweeted that he was hurt in a melee with the policy outside KL Hilton Hotel.

PKR leaders said that he was hurt in his head and leg while his bodyguard suffered facial injury.

It has been reported that Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad too was hurt when the police tried to disperse the protesters.

It was alleged that tear gar cannisters were aimed at them directly.

The PAS leader is said to have suffered a serious head injury and has been taken to a hospital.

After being dispersed from KL Hilton, the Bersih crowd gathered at Brickfields. Eyewitnesses say their numbers sood at about 40,000.

Several thousands were also holed up at a private maternity hospital near Pudu Raya while thousands of others had taken shelter near Pasar Seni.

A tweet from Bersih said that the crowd was singing the national anthem Negaraku.

It is also learnt that the tight police cordon around Stadium Merdeka and Istana Negara has forced the protesters to reroute their march towards KLCC in Jalan Ampang.

Federal police said eight leaders were arrested. They are Mahfuz Omar, Salehuddin Ayub, Mohamad Sabu, Fauziah Salleh, Tian Chua, Ambiga, Hadi Awang and Azeez Rahim.

The police said that they will release all those detained by 9pm tonight. Criminal investigation chief Ku Chin Wah however told Pakatan Rakyat MPs and Bar Council representatives that those arrested would be released earlier.

Ambiga released

Ambiga was released by the police at about 6.45pm and immediately applauded Malaysians for their support for the rally.

She said the protesters were courageous despite government intimidation. She also said the “amazing” show of numbers clearly signalled that Malaysians did not “want to be bullied” any longer.

“Rough intimidation does not work anymore,” she said.

FMT photo gallery on Bersih 2.0 rally


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