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