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PUBLISHED: Aug 1, 2015 4:37pm

Rally outside Sogo short-lived, with several arrests made within half an hour

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RAJINA DHILLON By:
Rajina Dhillon

Known as 'Aunty Bersih', Annie Ooi also made an appearance at today's rally, and was arrested several minutes later. — TRP pic by Mokhsin Zamani

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1, 2015:

Unfazed by police warnings, youths and other citizens gathered this afternoon outside Sogo Shopping Complex to partake in the #TangkapNajib rally organised by Youth non-governmental organisation (NGO) Demi Malaysia.

But the rally was short-lived.  As soon as a crowd of 200 or so had gathered by 2pm, a series of arrests took place.

This after police arrested Simpang Pulai assemblyman Tan Kar Hing and Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang when they refused to leave the area and stop the assembly.

This sparked rally-goers to get rowdy by 2.20pm, and several individuals were believed to have let off two fireworks.

By 3pm, 20 or so youths were arrested and immediately taken to Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters, according to Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen, who was present.

Also spotted was Sangeet Kaur Deo, lawyer and daughter of Karpal Singh, who was present with her younger brother and some friends to show support for the assembly.

Speaking to The Rakyat Post, she expressed shock over the arrests that took place.

The sequence of events not only halted traffic, but shoppers as well, as Sogo shopping complex and boutiques along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) closed temporarily by 2.30pm.

By 3.10pm, while the crowd was slowly dispersing, Jalan TAR saw some excitement when Annie Ooi, famously known as Aunty Bersih, made an appearance.

Several minutes later, loyal Opposition supporter known as Uncle Song also made an appearance, but both were arrested within minutes of staging their own protest.

By 4pm, all roads that were closed had reopened, with shopping outlets running as normal.

Several days ago, police warned against the assembly and arrested student activist and Demi Malaysia spokesperson Adam Adli Abd Halim yesterday for his involvement.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had urged the organisers not to hold the rally as it would jeopardise national security.

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