Net closing in on New Year's Eve protesters

Net closing in on New Year's Eve protesters
This picture taken late on December 31, 2013 shows Malaysian protesters gathered in front of Independence Square during a protest against the rising cost of living in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - The police said they are strengthening their case against the protesters who disrupted the New Year countdown event at Dataran Merdeka here.

Dang Wangi OCPD Zainuddin Ahmad said the police were still gathering evidence in their investigations of the protest that was purportedly mounted against rising costs of goods and services.

He said investigators were collecting video and photographic footage from police cameras.

"We will be recording statements from the policemen who were on duty."

"We are strengthening our case," he said.

He added that a team led by the city police headquarters would be investigating the protesters at the square who disrupted the event on Tuesday night.

The show came to an abrupt halt at 11.30pm after some of the protesters started throwing water bottles onto the stage.

A day later, city police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh had said they would look at video recordings and photographs to identify the culprits.

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