Uthayakumar, Hindraf supporters nabbed in Malaysia


Source from free malaysia today, February 27, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to stop a rally to protest Umno’s racial discrimination, police arrested Human Rights Party (HRP) leader P Uthayakumar here today.

The HRP pro tem secretary-general was picked up at his residence at Pantai Hill Park Condominium at about 7.50am and brought to the Pudu district police headquarters for questioning.

About 100 others were also arrested including Hindraf national coordinator W Sambulingam, Kedah HRP president R Ramu and HRP information chief S Jayathas.

However, police have not confirmed the arrests.

Police have also set up roadblocks around the city centre to prevent the march from taking place.

Roadblocks have been erected in Jalan Ampang, Jalan Kepong, Jalan Cheras, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Duta–Sungai Buloh Highway.

Meanwhile, police chased away several Indians at bus stops in the city centre, warning them they will be arrested if they do not leave immediately.

One of the protesters, Chandran, 45, from Klang, told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) that several supporters have arrived but they were unable to gather.

“Why is it so difficult to move around? We just want to be the voice of the Indian community,” he said, before being hauled away.

According to reports from the ground, more arrests are being made, including women and children.

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