Drive-thru #Lawan Protest With Black Flags Draw Investigations From Police
The public took to the streets in their cars to express anger over the government’s handling of the pandemic.
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Over the weekend, a #Lawan convoy protest that happened throughout the country caught the attention of police, who have called in at least 20 activists and protestors for their involvement in the movement.
The black flag convoy was organised by Secretariat Solidarity Rakyat (SSR), ahead of another #Lawan rally scheduled for 31 July 2021.
On Saturday, 24 July, protestors in various states took to their cars to rendezvous at meeting points with large black flags.
New law: Duduk dalam kereta salah?— Calvin Yeoh 杨银永 🇲🇾 (@calvinyeoh43) July 24, 2021
More than 30 participants of #Lawan Convoy got called up by police in various states. The price that we need to pay for expressing our disappointment towards the failed governance. #SemuaSalah pic.twitter.com/TzV71gDoJJ
The #Lawan movement is an expression of public anger protesting the “failures and mishandlings of the pandemic by the government”.
Besides Kuala Lumpur, concurrent convoys were held in Batu Pahat, Johor; Padang Serai, Kedah; Melaka; Penang; Kuantan and Temerloh, Pahang; Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Kuching, Sarawak; Ipoh, Perak; and Kuala Langat in Selangor.
#KonvoiLawan— MISI: Solidariti (@MSolidariti) July 24, 2021
Happening across Malaysia right now!
Stay safe. Pay mind to the rules and call the number given for legal aid if you’re being reprimanded or held by the authorities.
Join https://t.co/bt0lujagNZ for instant updates for everything #Lawan
Convoy update thread 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/POCpl7xA78
The day before that, the police warned that stern action would be taken against those who participated in the convoy, as well as the July 31 rally to indicate objection towards the government.
As such, after the convoy, more than 30 participants and organisers were called up for investigations regarding adherence to the SOPs.
@matshatry @TharmaPillai dan 4 lagi dipanggil untuk siasatan pagi ini di Balai Polis Traverse.— Asraf Sharafi🏴 (@SharafiAsraf) July 25, 2021
Kita tak akan tunduk dan undur!
Solidariti dan #Lawan pic.twitter.com/gDnXnCuste
However, after six hours of questioning, the protestors were released.
After almost 6 hours of questioning, the #LAWAN protestors are out!— Qyira #Lawan🏴 (@takterqyira) July 25, 2021
Terima kasih para peguam yang be kerja keras untuk memberi bantuan 🏴 pic.twitter.com/sBJrA2A5N9
A separate police report not related to #Lawan was lodged over the government’s alleged mishandling of the pandemic as well, led by activist and lawyer Ambiga, Datin Marina Mahathir, and 7 opposition MPs.
READ MORE: Police Report Over Government’s Alleged Mismanagement Of The Pandemic Lodged By MPs And Activists
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