July 9, 2011
BERSIH2.0 Rally: Anwar Ibrahim and Khalid Samad hurt
BERSIH2.0 chairperson Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan and PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang have been arrested.
BERSIH 2.0 steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah and PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s two daughters–Nurul Izzah and Nurul Hana– were also detained.The four were arrested when they marched together with hundreds of supporters from the Hilton Hotel in KL Sentral to Stadium Merdeka.
Anwar tweeted that his daughters – PKR vice president Nurul Izzah and Nurul Haza – have been arrested as well. The Police have also arrested other Pakatan leader such as R Sivarasa, Tian Chua and Ngeh Koo Ham were arrested for marching towards Stadium Merdeka.
“My arrest is totally in bad faith. I was trying to negotiate a peaceful march out of here. I was just forcefully pulled away when we could resolve this much better,” said Sivarasa.
Anwar, Khalid hurt
It has been reported that Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad too was hurt when the Police tried to disperse the protesters.It was alleged that tear gar cannisters were aimed at them directly.The PAS leader is said to have suffered a serious head injury and has been taken to a hospital.
After being dispersed from KL Hilton, the BERSIH crowd gathered at Brickfields. Eyewitnesses say their numbers sood at about 40,000. Several thousands were also holed up at a private maternity hospital near Pudu Raya while thousands of others had taken shelter near Pasar Seni.A tweet from BERSIH said that the crowd was singing the national anthem Negaraku.
It is also learnt that the tight police cordon around Stadium Merdeka and Istana Negara has forced the protesters to reroute their march towards KLCC in Jalan Ampang.