Saturday, March 07, 2009

RIOT POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS INTO LANGUAGE MARCH PROTESTERS TO ISTANA NEGARA




Watch this video of the incident : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cik6d4aueQI.
Riot police used tear gas to disperse thousands of of peaceful people marching to Istana Negara in protest of the use of English in the teaching of Mathematics and Science at 2.40pm today. This march was organised by GMP, known in its Malay name as Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI, is a coalition of 14 NGOs. and some of its pro-tem committee members include opposition politicians.
The crowd that commenced their march from Masjid Negara and when their approached Tun Sambanthan building the riot police began shooting tear gas at them. Many in the crowd ran away as the scene filled with smoke. It was revealed that the Federal Reserve unit trucks were initially stuck in traffic but caught up with the crowd and also started firing tear gas at this peaceful crowd.

The crowd are expected to regroup and return with their intention to submit a memorandum to the Yang DiPertuan Agong, that appeals for the return of the use of Bahasa Malaysia in the teaching of the two subjects be seriously considered.

At the meanwhile, police and FRU have thrown a safety perimeter at the Istana Negara to restraint any such submission of memorandum by the rakyat.

It is reported that many people including Opposition Members of Parliament have be laced with chemical water to prevent them from submitting or taking part in this peaceful march.

news n pictures courtesy of The Might of the Pen n Malaysiakini
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About 124 people including PAS MPs have been arrested in connection with the march as reported.