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.

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