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Feb 16, 2008

Malaysian Police vs Children with Roses

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 orangemenHOT NEWS ! Malaysian Police fired teargas and chemical-laced water cannons at Children’s Rose Flower Parade in Kuala Lumpur, 3 weeks before 12th General Elections.

.. by chemically laced water fired from high pressure water cannons with a cocktail of tear gas. Apparently up to 200 people have been arrested (source: Malaysiakini) including 20 children (source: Campaign of Roses). Reuters and BBC also has more coverage on this incident.
Malaysiakini.com reported Police fired teargas and chemical-laced water cannons in a bid to disperse some 300 Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) supporters gathered for a peaceful rose handing-over ceremony at Jalan Raja Laut early this morning.

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 orangemenThe Hindraf event was initially scheduled to be held at Parliament gates where 200 children were to hand over roses as a peaceful gesture requesting that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to heed the group’s 18-point demands.

News that roads leading to Parliament were closed to prevent the group from going there then led them to change the venue to Jalan Raja Laut in the city centre.

According to Hindraf acting leader S Thanenthiran who was present at the gathering, about 200 people have been arrested including Hindraf’s rose campaign coordinator S Manickavasagam and popular blogger B Mahendran.

Women and children were among those detained.

Witnesses also claimed that police had aggressively manhandled a women with her child when they wanted to arrest her.

“The woman was crying aloud because the police forced her to leave her child when she was arrested,” said Mahendran who later informed Malaysiakini of the woman’s condition through his mobile phone.

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 watercannonThanenthiran added that almost two thirds of them were detained prior to the gathering at roadblocks set up along the routes leading to the city. They are being held at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.

There were heavy police and riot squads presence in Jalan Raja Laut. Four water cannon trucks were stationed along the route leading to Parliament.

It is learnt that the police have been stationed at key areas pertaining to the gathering since last night. Roadblocks were also set up at various key routes leading into the city.

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 banner“The police outnumbered the crowd in three folds. I saw several of them firing teargas canisters to the peaceful crowd. Why is there a need to fire that many teargas canisters when one is strong enough (to disperse the crowd),” said a tourist who happened to be in the area.

After the teargas and water cannons were fired, the crowd were chased by some 40 plainclothes policemen. They then retreated into the Masjid India area.

The dispersed crowd then walked in small separate groups towards the Court Malai Pillayar Temple in Jalan Pudu where another stand- off occurred between Hindraf supporters and the police.

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 tear gasAt this point, ten people were arrested while seeking shelter in the temple. Three more were later nabbed while making their way to the KL Remand Centre in Jalan Hang Tuah to show support to some Hindraf members who were detained last night.

By this time, the crowd had dispersed and small groups made their way to Pulapol to show support to those detained. According to A Sivanesan who is the group’s legal adviser, lawyers have been sent to Pulapol to ensure that detainees get proper legal help.

Mahendran, who was arrested near the Masjid Jamek area, had managed to contact Malaysiakini through his mobile phone and said that the “police are taking people in batches for questioning”

Self-exiled Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy in a statement issued immediately after learning of the arrests said he was extremely disturbed by the manner in which the police handled the matter.

“Peaceful struggle, gesture of Love and cry for justice of the poor and underclass Indian society has been met with violence and brutality by the state sanctioned by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The attack on peaceful poor and underclass people who came with roses is appalling,

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 members arrested in pulapol“I invite all peace loving people throughout the world to condemn this brutal attack on innocent citizens who were exercising their rights under Article 10 of the Malaysian Federal Constitution and Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said.

Police have declared today’s event illegal as no permit was given to the group, eventhough Hindraf have applied for a permit few weeks ago.

Maybe some background on today’s outrage is called for. On November 25, 2007 tens of thousands of Malaysians of Indian descent took to the streets to protest decades of discriminatory policies that have left the community among one of the poorest in the country. The catalyst that led to this was a series of demolishments of Hindu temples over a period of more than a year. The protests was met by a severe crackdown on the streets with police violence and 5 leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force or HINDRAF, the movement that organised the protests, were arrested under admnistrative detention using the Internal Security Act 1960.

hindraf march of roses parliament 160208 arrestToday’s flower parade was held to pressure the government to either put the ISA 5 detainees to trial or release them unconditionally. Many of those present were children, including the children of the detainees. With the recent revelation that there has been attempts to use force to attain confessions of “terrorist activities” by the detainees, the need for transparency in this case becomes all the more urgent.

The Barisan Nasional can deny all it wants that they do not discriminate the citizens of Malaysia based on ethnicity and social class but actions speak louder than words. Why react to mere words and peaceful expressions of dissent with such indiscriminate show of force unless one really has something to hide? And why so much spin to paint the victims as the aggressors?

Fortunately, Malaysians still have an opportunity to reject through the ballot box these arrogant power brokers who feel that their callous manipulation of the socio-economic and general wellbeing of the Malaysian people and the wholesale misdirection of the people’s money are their birthright. We just have to look beyond the spin and find out for ourselves what is really happening in this country and correctly identify the powers that are responsible. We owe it to ourselves and our future generation to do so. Don’t let them take away even this residual right to decide on our own collective destiny before we decide to wake up.


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