14 Feb 2011, Bernama news

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) — Police today detained 59 Hindraf and Human Rights Party (HRP) members in Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for staging illegal protests against ”Interlok”.

A Bukit Aman spokesman said among those detained were 21 from Kuala Lumpur, five in Selangor, six in Perak and 26 in Negeri Sembilan.

"Similar protest convoys were also held in Kedah but no arrests were made. As of 7pm, police have only detained members in four states," he told Bernama tonight.

According to Gombak police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah, Hindraf Information chief S. Jayathas was among those detained at Jalan Templers Park for behaving aggressively against the police.

"Initially about 50 people had arrived in 15 cars and started distributing flyers in Rawang to protest the Interlok novel, calling for its abolishment," he said.



He added that police also seized Hindraf Makkal Sakti flags and 65 flyers that urged the public to gather at the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) on Feb 27, to stage a mass rally to protest the Interlok novel.

In Brickfields, ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said 21 people, including five women and a child were detained at the Jalan Tun Sambathan junction in Brickfields at 2.30pm when they arrived in 18 cars.

"The cars displaying stickers ”Say No To Interlok” arrived in a convoy," he said at the Travers police station here today. However, they were later released on bail, he said.

In IPOH, police detained six HRP members for behaving aggressively against the police when they gathered in front of the Jelapang police station.

State CID chief Datuk Dzuraidi Ibrahim said among those detained were Perak HRP chairman P. Ramesh, his deputy N. Subramaniam, 43, secretary S. Sivakumar, 51, S. Sivakumar, 38, S. Jayakumar, 49 and Perak HRP coordinator R. Mogan, 44.



Dzuraidi said before their detention at 10.15am, about 20 people had started moving as a convoy in 10 cars from Buntung, Buntung market, Buntung police station and onwards to Jalan Besar, Jelapang. In Seremban, Police had detained 26 Hindraf members, including six women and four children, who were involved in an illegal convoy of 16 cars at 2.15pm.

Seremban police chief ACP Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said police had received information that an illegal convoy cars would be passing through the town today. "Police started monitoring their activities from 1.35pm and detained the members who arrived in 16 cars which displayed ”Say No To Interlok” stickers, when they reached the Jalan Zaaba traffic light near the Rahang police station," he told reporters here today. He said police had initially spoken to the head of the convoy, R. Sivakumar, 44, and told him that the convoy needed a permit and that it was illegal to carry on without a permit. "However, our advise was not heeded but instead they continued and shouted ”Hidup Hindraf” in Tamil. We had no choice but to detain them due to safety and security reasons. They were also wearing T-shirts of the movement that was deemed illegal by the government.

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