71 Rohingyas held for protesting
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 71 Rohingyas were detained by police for gathering at the Tabung Haji (TH) building in Jalan Tun Razak here yesterday.
Sources revealed they were arrested for among others, creating provocation when police ordered them to disperse.
About 1,200 protesters had earlier gathered around the Ampang Park, Lembaga Tabung Haji and the Myanmar Embassy areas. The embassy was protected heavily by police. The protesters were demonstrating against the treatment of the Rohingya people by the Myanmar government.
With the violence going on in the Rakhine state against the Rohingyas, a group of non-governmental organisations and protesters gathered at the embassy as early as 8am to hand over a memorandum.
Members of the group are believed to have come from all over Malaysia by bus, with the travel arrangements made by the Rohingya themselves, to hand over the memorandum.
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islam Organisations and other organisations handed the memorandum to Myanmar embassy represenatives.
“However, after handing over the memorandum, they still gathered around and some acted aggressively, forcing the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) to detain them,” said Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh.
Top: FRU personnel removing a protester from the front of Masjid Tabung Haji yesterday. Bottom: Some of the detained protesters being taken away.