Police moved in on the vigil in Penang – Photo by Romerz
Fourteen people were arrested in Brickfields tonight at a vigil to express solidarity with activist Wong Chin Huat.
Of the 14, seven of them were from the students’ movement Dema and two from the KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall youth section. They are now at a car-park at the Brickfields police stations, though their statements have not yet been recorded. The arrests today come on the heels of 14 arrests last night (though that batch were later released).
Over in Penang, USM masters student Ng Eng Kiat was detained after a “Democracy First” vigil in Penang attended by between 50 and a hundred people outside the Dewan Sri Pinang tonight. He was the emcee of the event.
The Penang vigil, organised by human rights group Suaram, was to express dissatisfaction over the state of democracy in the country. It is not clear what charge he has been arrested under. Eng Kiat, who is also a Suaram member, is now believed to be at the Patani Road police station. About a dozen police also moved in to remove banners.
Meanwhile, Lina Soo reports that 10 PKR members were arrested in Kuching during a similar vigil but were later released on police bail. They were Dominique Ng, Wong Liong Hin, Yong Sen Chan, Mark Murau, Mrs Dominique Ng, S H Hung, Bob, Zaidi, Sharifah and Aidil.