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Dataran turns into ‘detention square’

 | April 28, 2012

Police are using the historic site as a detention point for those who were arrested.

KUALA LUMPUR: The historic Dataran Merdeka, where the country first declared her independence, has become a detention point, at least for now.

The police, which had earlier placed barbed wires and barricades to stop the Bersih 3.0 participants from entering the area, have now dismantled them and are using Dataran Merdeka as a detention point for those arrested following skirmishes with the police.

Earlier, the protesters tried to barge into Dataran Merdeka but were stopped in their tracks by a barrage of tear gas and the spray of water cannons.

The police then pursued the participants to arrest those who did not want to disperse when asked to do so.

The participants who ran towards the City Hall building and Jalan Parlimen were chased and arrested.

They have been brought to Dataran Merdeka, where a police control point had been set up. They are expected to be transported to the Police Traning Centre (Pulapol) at Jalan Semarak.

Political leaders arrested are expected to be ferried to the Jinjang police station.

Meanwhile as tension heightens, the protesters and the police are poised for a showdown along Jalan Raja Laut, with both sides setting up barricades.

The protesters are using rubbish and planks for their barricades and some of them armed with sticks have charged at the police.


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