DAP MP, state rep arrested at candlelight vigil
The police tonight arrested more elected representatives – an opposition parliamentarian as well as a state assemblyperson – at a candlelight vigil to ‘mourn the death of democracy’
Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching and Teratai state assemblyperson Jenice Lee, two 20-something DAP female politicians, were arrested along with nine party workers at the vigil in Seputeh at 8.20pm.
The vigil, which was held outside DAP MP Teresa Kok’s office, saw the participation of more than a dozen of black T-shirt clad protesters.
According to the organisers, the vigil was to mark the “killing of democracy by the illegal government in Perak.”
The protesters had earlier gathered outside an empty space facing the DAP building and carried posters calling for the dissolution of the state assembly.
As they were about to launch a signature campaign, they were surrounded by a large number of police personnel.
‘Protest held on private property’
The officer in charge then ordered the group to disperse, saying it was an illegal assembly.
However, Kok argued that the protest was taking place on private property and therefore the police had no jurisdiction.
The officer refused to budge and once again ordered the crowd to disperse.
At this juncture, Lee told the protesters to sit on the ground. The police officer then counted to 10 and when the crowd still refused to disperse, they were arrested.
Teo however grabbed on to a pillar and refused to get up. She was then forcefully dragged away by a policewoman.
All those arrested have been taken to the Brickfields district police headquarters.
Speaking to reporters later, Kok condemned the arrest and said that a team of DAP lawyers are working on to free those nabbed.