Tuesday, April 24, 2012
DBKL raids Dataran again, donation boxes seized
The Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) has allegedly confiscated two donations boxes with about RM200 in yet another raid at the Dataran Merdeka protest camp past midnight today.
According to lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, DBKL had also carted away the protestors' food supply in the incident which happened at about 12.30am.
It was DBKL's third raid on the camp in less than 24 hours. The activists who were gathered there have refused to budge despite attempts to evict them and their tents and supplies removed.
"We arrived after securing the release of the four student (protestors nabbed in an earlier raid,photo above) from Dang Wangi police station and found there was a commotion.
"The protestors were upset because the money was only collected today. They estimate it to be RM200 to RM300," she said.
Fadiah said a DBKL officer-in-charge known as Fuat, who was there with 10 DBKL trucks, told the protestors that they could get their items back tomorrow at the city council's office.
"He said they couldn't return it now as they had to put it in a store first," she said, adding that he did not explain why the donation boxes were taken.
Students vow to continue occupation
Confirming this, Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia secretary Haziq Abdul Aziz said Fuat told them he would "try" to identify which officer had taken the donation boxes.
Haziq added that DBKL also confiscated some tents and flags, but the students intend to continue to camp there tonight.
"DBKL won't do anything with so many of us here but we'll see what happens in the morning," he said.
It is understood that about 150 people were at Dataran Merdeka as of 1am this morning.
The donations are shared by two groups which have been camping in the iconic public square at the city centre - the Occupy Dataran movement to reclaim public spaces and university students who are campaigning for free education.
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