Police ordered the participants of an Abolish ISA vigil at the Civic Centre in PJ to disperse minutes after the event had started.
The vigil began at around 8.15pm but about five minutes later the OCPD of PJ ordered the participants to disperse.
“The authorities care a lot for the safety of the rakyat,” reports Rakyat@work, tongue in cheek. “They sent more than two police personnel for every vigil participant.”
Blog reader Adeline reports:
We came late to the vigil and saw only FRU and police personnel rather than ‘vigilers’. Met some ‘vigilers’ at the adjacent car park and was informed the gathering had dispersed. The main road leading to the MBPJ building was blocked off as we approached. There were at least four Black Marias parked at the main road shoulder.
Pure police intimidation. Feel so incomplete without my Sunday Mesra Raykat. We must meet more often!
We actually managed to burn some candles, had one full speech and one short interrupted speech and a round of Negaraku before dispersing peacefully.
Still… it was a case of harrassment, intimidation and violation of the rakyat’s rights.
According to Rakyat@work, about 80 participants had gathered for the vigil but they had to contend with over 200 police personnel, riot police and plain clothes personnel. Three FRU trucks were parked by the side of Civic Hall.
“But we obeyed their orders and dispersed obediently.”
Unlike previous vigils held at the same location, the vigil this time apparently did not have a permit.