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Source: SCMP : Riot police fire tear-gas at Anwar supporters
From The South China Morning Post, HK
6th November 2000
Riot police fire tear-gas at Anwar supporters
Cry freedom: thousands of supporters of jailed former deputy prime
minister Anwar Ibrahim gather at Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur,
yesterday. Reuters photo AGENCIES in Shah Alam
[- Maaf gambar tidak ditemui - Editor]
Malaysian riot police fired tear-gas and water cannon yesterday at
about 5,000 protesters demanding freedom for jailed former deputy
premier Anwar Ibrahim and more democracy. The anti-government protest
was the biggest in recent months.
Led by the country's top opposition leaders, thousands of people
blocked a major expressway linking Kuala Lumpur, the capital, to a
neighbouring state and shouted slogans against Prime Minister Mahathir
According to protest organisers, 80 people were arrested. Police said
30 were held. Policemen beat back poster-waving protesters and chased
them into jungles along the expressway. Some of the protesters were
forcibly removed from their vehicles and beaten by policemen. One
officer suffered head injuries after he was attacked by protesters.
The clash occurred after 700 police blocked roads to stop protesters
attending a rally near Klang, 20km west of Kuala Lumpur. When they
closed the expressway to block the protesters, a huge traffic jam
built up and opposition leaders and supporters began walking towards
The protesters shouted "Reformasi", the rallying cry of Anwar's
movement that seeks to end Dr Mahathir's 19-year rule. There were also
shouts of "Free Anwar, step down Mahathir".
"We are all here trying to demand our rights back," Wan Azizah Ismail,
Anwar's wife and leader of Parti Keadilan Nasional, told the crowd
from a wheelchair at the front of the protest. Aides said she had
injured an ankle.
She was joined by the heads of the Democratic Action Party, the Parti
Islam se-Malaysia and the Malaysian People's Party.
As the other opposition leaders fled the police onslaught, Dr Wan
Azizah was hoisted by her aides over the divider of the expressway and
into a waiting car.
Dr Wan Azizah said protesters had agreed to disperse peacefully before
the police advanced. "I think they were just trying to create disorder
so the opposition would be blamed," she said.
Anwar, 54, is serving two jail sentences totalling 15 years for s###my
Malaysia opposition denounces latest police onslaught
Authorities arrested at least 116 people on Sunday and showered
tear gas and chemical-laced water on slogan-chanting protesters
who blocked roads linking Kuala Lumpur, the capital, to a
Police held the 114 men and two women overnight, said Suhaida
Kasri, a lawyer who plans to defend the jailed activists. Those
detained would be brought to court later on Monday to be
remanded to judicial custody pending arraignment, she said.
Norian Mai, the national police chief, described the rally attended
by 5,000 supporters of jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim as an
"inconvenience" and claimed he was satisfied with how authorities
handled the protesters.
But opposition leaders who spoke at the gathering insisted that
police should not have sealed off roads in the area, west of Kuala
Lumpur, or forcibly removed protesters from their vehicles.
"There was no need for aggressive action against what was a
peaceful pro-democracy rally," said Lim Kit Siang, who leads the
Democratic Action Party, one of four opposition groups which have
joined forces to oppose Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's
Suaram, a local human rights group, said the police onslaught was
"an overreaction" and claimed that many of those arrested had
Police also seized cameras and film from several news
photographers who shot pictures of the scuffles. A policeman
sustained head injuries after he was attacked by protesters, local
Sunday's rally was the largest of several protests this year
organized in support of Anwar, the ousted deputy prime minister
who is serving prison sentences until 2014 for corruption and
Prime Minister Mahathir sacked Anwar from the Cabinet in
September 1998, accusing him of being too immoral to hold office.
The prime minister has denied Anwar's allegations that he framed
his former protege to prevent a political challenge.
Last updated: 05:32 Monday 6th November 2000.
Monday, November 6 3:28 PM SGT
Mahathir says opposition lawless, opponents slam
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (AFP) -
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused opposition parties Monday of
lawlessness after 116 people were arrested in Malaysia's biggest
anti-government protest for months, but his opponents criticised police for using
Police fired tear gas and chemically-laced water cannon Sunday to break up the
protest by supporters of jailed ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.
Police were seen attacking some detainees and at least one officer was assaulted
Mahathir, quoted by Bernama news agency, said the trend among the opposition
was to break the law and invite action against them.
When this happened they would inform their "friends overseas" who would in turn
condemn the government for the alleged absence of freedom, he said.
Several thousand protesters Sunday marched along a main highway after police
declared their planned rally at a nearby site to be illegal and blocked access to
Mahathir said Anwar's trial lasted one year and he was defended by nine of the
country's best lawyers. "And yet they (overseas critics) still say there is no due
"We are a free country ... our laws are clear and we fully abide by the law and
still they say there is no due process," he said.
Mahathir also criticised the resolution by seven US congressmen calling for a
new trial for Anwar.
Anwar was sacked by Mahathir on September 2, 1998 and arrested 18 days later
following mass anti-government rallies.
In April 1999, he was jailed for six years for abuse of power and in August this
year was imprisoned for nine years for s###my. The sentences will run
Anwar says Mahathir orchestrated a conspiracy to frame him on criminal charges
because he was seen as a political threat. The government denies any plot and
says courts are independent.
Opposition party leaders at the protest, including Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan
Ismail, accused the police of over-reacting.
Wan Azizah, who is temporarily confined to a wheelchair, said Sunday that
protesters had agreed to disperse peacefully before police advanced.
"I think they (police) were just trying to create disorder so the opposition would be
blamed," she told AFP from the scene.
Anwar's brother Rosli said his nephew Khairy suffered a fractured skull from a tear
gas canister while moving Wan Azizah's wheelchair out of danger Sunday. He
was in a hospital intensive care unit.
Syed Husin Ali, head of the Malaysian People's Party, condemned what he
called "Gestapo" tactics by police and said they had beaten up some protesters
and damaged vehicles.
In a statement he said police had thrown tear gas caanisters into a truck where
about 40 detainees were being held.
Syed Husin said Malaysia was becoming an authoritarian state. "Power is
increasingly concentrated in the hands of one man who is steadily showing signs
of becoming a paranoid dictator," he said in reference to Mahathir.
Lim Kit Siang, chairman of the Democratic Action Party, condemned the attack on
the police officer but said police over-reacted to the situation in a "trigger-happy
and callous" way.
The 116 detainees were being held in a police station parking lot and had not
been allowed to see lawyers as of mid-afternoon Monday, one lawyer said.
Police, who have wide powers to ban any gathering, have said those attending
the rally could be jailed for up to a year.
National police chief Norian Mai said late Sunday he did not rule out the arrest of
opposition leaders. "We will investigate the extent of their involvement in the
illegal gathering before taking any action," he said.