A young woman is arrested for being part of the #TangkapNajib rally outside the Sogo Department Store in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, August 1, 2015.
Two PKR lawmakers were among 20 arrested as a demonstration to call for the arrest of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak commenced today near the Sogo shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur.
The duo, Teja state assemblyman Chang Lih Kang and Simpang Pulai Adun Tan Kar Hing were detained at 2.20pm after they ignored the warnings to disperse as police started a crackdown against the protesters.
Heavy presence of police could be seen with about 80 personnel being deployed around the popular shopping complex where the participants were gathering.
In the meantime, more and more people were being arrested, most of them said to be activists.
Participants were also spotted throwing firecrackers in retaliation against the police action and this also forced some of the shops nearby to pull down their shutters.
Sources said police were also stopping those wearing white T-shirts at the nearby Raja Laut LRT station to stop them from joining the crowd in Sogo.
Several roads were also blocked to limit access into the city centre.
At 3pm, police, using hailers, issued another round of warning to the participants to disperse. It is learnt that the arrests now have numbered to 20.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said yesterday that police would not compromise with any group inciting people to take to the streets to topple the government.
The protest, organised by youth activist group Demi Malaysia, was demanding for the arrest of the PM for allegedly being involved in corruption and abuse of power. – TMI