Malaysia: Police arrest 16 students camped outside Parliament

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Police tonight arrested 16 students, including three women, who were holding a demonstration outside Parliament after they refused to heed orders to disperse.

The 16 were detained at about 10.30pm and taken to the Jinjang police station. Lawyer Michelle Yesudas told The Malaysian Insider that at the moment, there was no information from the police on the arrests of the students.

Some 50 policeman had earlier asked the students, who were camped along the road leading to the Parliament House since yesterday, to leave. They were warned that they could face a charge under Section 124B of the Penal Code, which prohibits “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.

Earlier today, Kuala Lumpur City Hall officers also issued the same order to the students, telling them to remove their banners and belongings from the walkway and vacate the area.

The students are part of a sit-in called #OccupyParliament, which is being held, to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign from his position. The students were taking turns to sit in and had earlier vowed to not leave the place until Najib stepped down.

Among those detained tonight were: Khairol Najib, Lau Yi Leong, Lee Chung Lun, Saw Jia Ying, Ng Xiang Yi, Wes Oung, Oung Kang Wei, Sharafi Ilman, Teo Ann Siang, Mustapha Kamal, Faizzudin, Zul Asrag, Ammar Atan and Awis. – August 25, 2015.

SOURCE: The Malaysian Insider, 15/08/2015, http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/police-arrest-16-stu...