ISA Rally: Women Detainees (updated)

Yang masih berada di Balai Polis Bukit Jalil:

Nashihah Sharif

Siti Zalina Rahim

Nurul Ain Ghazali

Umi Kalsom Wahab

Maizon Ahmad

Hayati Samad

Norlaila Othman

Rajmuni Sabu

Nadia Ariffin

Salmah Ismail

Nashitah Mohd Nor

Hamidah Karim

Khadijah Arifin

Sumayah Zulkifli

Sodekah Ariffin

First 5 women already in lockup.

Mereka akan dibaicarakan pada jam 11.00 pagi ini (2 Ogos 2009) di Balai Polis Bukit Jalil.

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN telah berjaya masuk menziarahi sebahagian mereka di lokap Balai Polis Bukit Jalil, khususnya EXCO Wanita Salmah Ismail dan Hayati Samad semalam hingga jam 2 pagi tadi.

Lebih 400 mereka kesemuanya yang tertangkap diberitakan telah meneruskan agenda Perhimpunan Mansuhkan ISA dari dalam lokap!   Laungan reformasi bergema di sana!

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Protesters play cat and mouse with cops
/ Aug 1, 09 2:30pm

Police fired tear gas and water cannons today at more than 20,000 demonstrators who took to the streets to protest against controversial internal security laws.

In chaotic scenes in downtown Kuala Lumpur, some 5,000 police including riot squads arrested scores of protesters as they gathered at rallying points across the city including two mosques – Masjid Negara and Masjid Jamek – and the Sogo shopping complex.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohd Sabtu Osman told Malaysiakini that a total of 589 people for taking part in the protest, aimed at pressuring the government to abolish laws that allow for detention without trial.

“We just wanted to disperse them, so we used water cannon and tear gas to do that,” he told AFP, insisting the police action was not heavy-handed.

Among the detained were top opposition figures including R Sivarasa, vice-president of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR.

Anwar, who took part in the demonstration and said he was also tear gassed, denounced the police action as “unwarranted” and said it reflected badly on new prime minister Najib Razak.

“Najib has shattered his nice-guy image by allowing the police to act so brutally,” he told a hastily arranged press conference.

Najib denounced the protest plans yesterday, saying it was unnecessary because he had already agreed to review the Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for detention without trial.

“He should have spoken to the opposition leaders to ask them to call off the gathering if he was serious about carrying out the reforms that he has promised,” Anwar said.

Demonstrators played a cat-and-mouse game with police who attempted to prevent them from massing at the rallying points, darting into side streets before regrouping and marching through the streets.

At least 75 rounds of tear gas were fired and water cannons were unleashed at the Sogo shopping complex where the main crowd of some 10,000 people had gathered, intending to march on the royal palace.

The sustained police offensive sent the huge crowd scattering, with many coughing and choking from the effects of the gas.

10-point memo to the king

Organisers said they wanted to present a 10-point memo to the king including demands for the abolition of the Internal Security Act, the closure of a camp where detainees are held, and an inquiry into all deaths in police custody.

At the national mosque, at least 50 detained, opposition legislator Siti Mariah Mahmud from PAS, criticised the arrests of protesters as they attempted to enter the mosque.

“This is not reasonable. It’s prayer time and this action is a breach of our religious freedom and duty,” she said.

When prayers were completed, those who had managed to enter the mosque streamed out, joining a crowd of at least 5,000 which began marching before also being confronted by tear gas and water cannons.

There was traffic chaos in Kuala Lumpur, as trains halted stops at affected stations and police roadblocks caused snarls that left many shoppers stuck in the city.

The ISA legislation, a hangover from colonial days, has been used against government opponents as well as suspected Islamist terrorists.

“We are here to fight for the ISA to be abolished,” said Yati Ali, 45, one of some 100 women and children standing in a group outside the Sogo complex.

“We don’t fear arrest. ISA is a cruel act, we are fighting for justice,” she said.

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