Urgent Appeal-price hike protest crackdown

Urgent Appeal

 

54 protesters arrested in relation to a protest against price hikes organised by the Coalition Against Inflation (Protes).

The government’s crackdown on peaceful assembly continued, when the police
arrested more then 50 individuals, including opposition leader and supporters near Ampang Park LRT station at about 3pm this afternoon.

Those arrested are reported to be held at the Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK Kuala Lumpur) Kuala Lumpur. As of 5.10pm, 54 individuals are confirmed to be detained at IPK Kuala Lumpur. S. Arutchelvan and 2 others were taken to Pudu Jail.

 

1st batch of arrest made at about 2.35pm. Among those arrested were:

 

  1. S. Arutchelvan (PSM Secretary General)
  2. Mai Suharah (Female)
  3. Siti Fatimah (Female)
  4. Nor Aziyati (Female)
  5. Aiman (Female)
  6. Nashita (Female)
  7. Hidayat (Female)
  8. Zamri Effendi
  9. Marzuki
  10. Solahuddin
  11. Syed Jaymal

 

Others who arrested later when they are on their way to KLCC from Jalan Ampang City Bank. Among them are:

 

12. Badrul Hisham
13. Dino
14. Dr. Nasir Hashim (PSM President)
15. Simon
16. Dr. Hatta Muhd Ramli (PAS)
17. Thevarajan

18. Saraswathy (PSM Vice-President)
19. V.Selvam (PSM CC member)

20. Rani Rasiah (PSM CC member)

21. Ganesan (PSM Kajang Branch President)

22. Ramalingam

23. Kartik

24. Gana

25. Vijaya

26. Sugumaran

27. Thinakaram

28. Nehru

29. Kohila Yanesegaran
30. Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad (PAS)
31. Dr. Badrul Amin
32. Mohd Sabo
33. Mohd Yusof
34. Khairul Nizad
35. P. Mohan

36. Thinamaran

37. Ginie Lim

38. Tian chua

39. Johson

40. Zaid Ibrahim (16 year old)

41. Tan ah kau

42. Nuridah Mohd

43. Mohd Azemi Azman

44. Azmi

45. Chou/Chan

46. Isa Mudin

47. Mohd Aminuri

48. Mohd b. Nawi

49. Tan Chee Hooi

50. Fathi Othman

51. Gomathi A/P Gunalan

52. Saravanan A/L Teruma

53. Mohd Azah b. Yaakob

54. Nur Mohd Faizal b. Harun

 

A full list of arrested civilian is yet to be announced later by the police.

 

Article 10 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia guarantees the right to freedom of assembly and expression. However, the draconian Police Act circumvents the right by requiring a permit to be applied from the police for a gathering that is more than three people.

Therefore, PSM call for all the detainees to be released unconditionally and immediately.

 

 

*Actions needed*
1) Make a phone call to IPK KL and call for a immediate and unconditional release of all detainees.

 

2) Spread this news and get friends to call to IPK and sent protest letter.

 

3) Please send your protest to the various Malaysian authorities for clamping down the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression of Malaysians. Your protest letters should be sent to the following:

1)Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia

Perdana Putra Building
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62505 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan,
Malaysia.
Tel: 03 8888 8000
Fax: 03 8888 3444

 

 

2) Tan Sri Musa Hassan

Ketua Polis Malaysia (Inspector-General of Police)
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-22626015

Fax: 03-22725613

3) Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police (HQ)
Polis Diraja Malaysia

Jalan Hang Tuah
51100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-21460522, 03-2485522

Fax: 03-20726786

 

Cc:

1)Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM)
Tingkat 29, Menara Tun Razak

Jalan Raja Laut 50350

Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-26125600
Fax: 03-26125620

Chaiman: Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman

 

 

 

 

*SAMPLE LETTER*

 

*26 Januari 2008*

 

Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Inspector-General of Police
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia
Bukit Aman
50560 Kuala Lumpur .
Tel: +603 2262 6222
Fax: +603 2273 9602

 

Tuan,

 

BEBASKAN DENGAN SEGERA AKTIVIS YANG DITAHAN di IPK !!

Kami/saya daripada ____________ _________ _________ _________ _ membantah tindakan pihak polis yang menahan 54 orang aktivis yang menyertai perhimpunan protes yang dianjurkan oleh Gabungan Membantah Kenaikan Harga Barang (PROTEST) untuk menyuarakan kesusahan dan ketidakpuas hatian orang ramai terhadap kos sara hidup yang semakin melambung tinggi.

Apa rasionalnya pihak polis menahan orang yang prihatin terhadap kesusahan ekonomi masyarakat sedangkan begitu banyak kes jenayah yang tidak diselesaikan oleh pihak polis dengan alasan tidak cukup anggota polis.

46 orang ini telah ditahan semasa perjalanan mereka ke KLCC untuk menghadiri protes hari ini. Tetapi, polis bertindak terus menahan mereka yang jelas memaparkan pihak polis tidak menghormati hak asasi individu untuk menyertai perhimpunan aman.

Oleh yang demikian, kami mendesak Pihak Polis serta-merta membuat keputusan untuk melepaskan semua aktivis yang ditahan secara tanpa syarat.

 

Yang Benar,

____________ ________
( Nama )

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