Saturday, February 28, 2009

Water cannons turned on crowd in Brickfields

Updated: Saturday February 28, 2009 MYT 1:48:33 PM
Water cannons turned on crowd in Brickfields

KUALA LUMPUR: Water cannons were turned on a group who came to the Brickfields police station to lodge mass police reports against the mistreatment of ISA detainee P. Uthayakumar who suffers from diabetes.

The crowd had refused to disperse despite repeated warnings from the police.

Police arrested 17 people, including Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, according to Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

Among the arrested, three, including a woman, were sent to the hospital but police declined to comment.

Earlier Saturday, about 200 people, including several Members of Parliament, had gathered to make the police reports.

Police allowed about 50 people - five family members of Uthayakumar and five representatives each from the country’s nine states, including MPs - to enter the station to lodge the reports.

The rest outside were asked to disperse. Most of them did but about 30 refused to leave.

The Federal Reserve Unit, which was already on standby, began shooting chemical-laced water at the crowd. The 30 ran away and then came back. They were again shot at with water cannons.

They ran way again, regrouped and returned to face a third round of dousing before dispersing.

The FRU now has established a safety perimeter around the police station.

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