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PostSubject: Hindraf Gathering 25/11/2007   Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:03 am

This is the first ever in my life...I saw a lot of people....few thousands? May be more than that. The people came from everywhere, approaching and gathering nearby KLCC Tower. I looked down from my company, TA Tower. Everything was loud and clear.

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Hindraf gathering proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has indefinitely called off the handing over of its petition to the British High Commission.

A. Sivanesan, one of the lawyers representing the three Hindraf members who were charged with sedition at the Klang Sessions Court on Friday, said the handing over was called off as the group could not get to the High Commission after gathering for about seven hours.

Large groups were seen gathering at Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak from as early as 6am Sunday.

Police and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel began dispersing the crowds using water cannons and teargas at the Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak intersection by about 7.20am, after giving them warnings to disperse.

The gathering, organised by Hindraf, had hoped to hand over the petition to the British High Commission.

The police had not given the group a permit to hold the gathering on Sunday.

The petition to the British Commission asks for Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen's counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British Government for bringing Indians as indentured labourers to then Malaya and exploiting them.

The group has filed a US$4 trillion (RM13.5 trillion) suit at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in August claiming that the British were to blame for the marginalisation of Indians in Malaysia.

The suit is equivalent to US$1mil (RM3.4mil) for every Indian in Malaysia.

The police had on Friday served a court order on five members of Hindraf and its supporters restraining them from organising or participating in the planned rally.

Jalan Ampang, which had been closed from 3am because of the gathering, was reopened at 1pm Sunday.

The Avenue K and City Square shopping complexes and the restaurants along Jalan Ampang were closed Sunday morning, while various hotels and Suria KLCC had strict security enforced at their entrances.

The KLCC and Ampang Park LRT stations, which were closed from 6am, were reopened at 3.13pm.



Hindraf: Just give us an hour to hand petition

KUALA LUMPUR: The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) will go ahead with its gathering today and has asked to be given “one hour maximum” to hand over its petition to the British High Commission.

A. Sivanesan, one of the lawyers representing the three Hindraf members who were charged with sedition at the Klang Sessions Court on Friday, said the gathering would go ahead as planned.

He noted that on Friday, a huge crowd had gathered in Klang outside the court and made its way to the Sri Rajeshwari temple a kilometre away and “not a single flower pot was damaged.”

“The Government need not fear. It is an orderly crowd,” he said of today’s planned gathering.

“It is away from the city and 60% of the shops in that area are closed on Sunday. We are not going to be a nuisance to the people,” he added.

Sivanesan believes the police had overreacted by having roadblocks all over the city.

“The duty of the police should be to control the traffic – nothing more than that.

“Just give us a chance. It will be an hour maximum. We will hand over the petition to the British High Commission, speak to the crowd, and then we will go back,” he said.

Meanwhile, the five lawyers who were served a restraining order on Friday morning barring them from organising or participating in the rally have asked for an immediate hearing to appeal against it.

The five – P. Waythamoorthy, P. Uthayakumar, V. S. Ganapathi Rao, R. Kenghadran and M. Manoharan – faxed 10 copies of their notice to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Waythamoorthy, Uthayakumar and Ganapathi Rao were charged with sedition later that day.

The law firm, which applied for the notice of appeal, said the five were dissatisfied with the magistrate’s court decision to issue the court order against them.

They asked the court for immediate decision in view of the fact that the planned gathering was today. The courts are closed on weekends.



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總警長:數千人參與大集會
隆市局勢受控制

updated:2007-11-25 19:35:21 MYT

(吉隆坡訊)儘管警方早在4天前就開始防範,在一些進入吉隆坡的要道設路障阻止興都權益委員會號召的大集會舉行,但是今日(週日,11月25日)還是有數千名男女參與大集會,警方逮捕了至少數十人協助調查。

全國總警長丹斯里慕沙哈山受詢時表示,吉隆坡的局勢完全受到控制。

不過,有至少5名警員在混亂中受傷,一輛巡邏車的大鏡也被砸破,

其中2名便衣警察是於早上11時許在安邦路中國銀行前值勤時,被約20人圍毆,這些人用頭盔攻擊他們,導致他們在混亂中受傷。

據瞭解,2名受傷的警員隸屬金馬警區警官,一人臉部受傷縫了4針,另一人傷勢較為嚴重,他的頭部縫了至少20針。

另外2名隸屬冼都警區的警察是在敦拉薩路值勤時受攻擊,但他們只是受皮外傷。

數千名來自各地的人士,是從凌晨2時開始陸續出現在黑風洞和陽光廣場附近地區。黑風洞聚集的人群後來越來越多,還一度 拋擲石頭、磚塊和鐵條。

慕沙哈山說,警方在兩個小時後成功驅散他們,有一名警員在混亂中受傷。

人群與警大玩捉迷藏

另一方面,凌晨3時,在吉隆坡陽光廣場、安邦路和敦拉薩路聚集的人群也增加。

雖然警方過後多次勸告、發射催淚彈和水炮,驅散參與大集會的人群,但是,他們卻不願疏散,還與警方大玩捉迷藏遊戲,從一處走到另一處。

慕沙哈山說,警方被逼在中午12時開始展開逮捕行動。

在人群疏散後,英國最高專員署前的路段也從下午1時30分開始逐步開放,允許車輛通行。

據瞭解,召集大集會的興都權益委員會,已於下午1時,通過傳真方式提呈備忘錄給英國駐馬最高專員署,以及英國政府。

興都權益行動委員會週日舉行的萬人大集會進程表:

●凌晨12時:吉隆坡陽光廣場周圍和黑風洞開始出現人潮。

●凌晨2時:警方派員駐守安邦路和英國最高專員署附近路段。

●凌晨3時:兩處人群越來越多,警方人數也開始增加,並要求集聚在黑風洞外的人群進入籬笆內。

●凌晨4時:聚集黑風洞的人群開始不耐煩,他們要求對話,但警方卻要他們解散,他們拒絕,有人在亂丟石頭,磚塊、鐵條和木條等,導致一名警員受傷被帶離現場。警方發射催淚彈和水炮驅散聚集在黑風洞周圍的人群。

●早上7時:陽光廣場、安邦路和敦拉薩路人群越來越多,相信當中有些來自四黑風洞。

●早上7時30分:警方多次向聚集在敦拉薩路、陽光廣場及回教朝聖基金大廈外的群眾發射催淚彈和水炮。

●早上9時:人群繞道重聚在陽光廣場,繼續高喊口號。聯邦後備隊發射多枚催淚彈和水炮後,人群不斷與警方玩起“貓捉老鼠”游戲,一直在敦拉薩路、陽光廣場及回教朝聖基金大廈之間轉移聚集地點。聯邦後備隊不斷更換駐守地點。

●中午12時:警方開始捉人。

●下午1時30分:人群疏散。 (星洲日報•2007.11.25)
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