Monday, April 23, 2012
Dataran cordoned off as DBKL evicts occupiers
In an attempt to break the movement dubbed 'Occupy Dataran' at Dataran Merdeka, the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) raided the protest camp for the second time early this morning and cordoned off the iconic public square in the city centre.
According to Temme Lee, a participant of the protest movement, some 30 DBKL officers surrounded the campsite, seized the tents and canopies at about 6:15am when the occupiers were still sleeping.
"They came and said 'ambil barang' (remove all your things). I think they seized 10 tents and four canopies. They took everything, except food.
"Because they did not give us much time, some of our personal belongings including bags and identity documents were also taken away, so we need to go and claim them back," she said when contacted by Malaysiakini.
Lee said there was a minor scuffle between the occupiers and the City Hall enforcers during the raid but it did not result in any arrest, unlike the first raid on Sunday.
Immediately after evicting the occupiers, DBKL officers cordoned off the campsite area with metal fencing and yellow tape.
Subsequently another DBKL truck arrived, bringing in plastic road barriers to bolster the makeshift fence.
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