Twenty one people were arrested at an anti-war vigil held in Dataran Merdeka in KL tonight. The event was attended by some 200 people. More were arriving when police made the arrests at 8.45pm.
Among them were Klang MP Charles Santiago, Kuala Langat MP Abdullah Sani (PKR), Selangor state assembly member Dr Nasir Hashim and PSM secretary general Arutchelvan.
When contacted just before 11.00pm, Charles said he had been released on police bail and he expected the rest to be released one by one.
Over in Penang, a similar anti-war vigil, attended by over 100 activists and concerned Malaysians, took place without incident. Police, however, kept a close eye and snapped lots of pictures as usual.
Charles said he tried to talk to police and persuade them that the vigil was in solidarity with the people of Gaza. He told them the participants at the vigil were also supporting the Malaysian government’s position in highlighting the issue in the international arena. “I told them I personally have friends in Gaza who have to face the bombing at this time.”
But his pleas fell on deaf ears.