Pro-Anwar rally demonstrators defy police warning

Pro-Anwar rally demonstrators defy police warning
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim gestures while addressing his supporters at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur on February 9, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR - Despite police warnings, organisers of the demonstration to show support for Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have chosen to proceed with their rally outside the Sogo Shopping Complex at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here.

Organisers of the #KitaLawan group went ahead with the planned demonstration yesterday and gathered outside the shopping complex at about 4.30pm.

Mandeep Singh, who is part of the "Kita Lawan" group, said their March 7 rally would also take place in front of Sogo as planned.

"We met and discussed with the police and they suggested an alternative venue. We have decided to have it at Sogo and there will be no change," he said at a press conference yesterday.

On Friday, police said the rally was a no-go after the group met them to get permission to hold the rally at Sogo.

Dang Wangi district police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainol Samah said the organisers had yet to submit any application for the rally and warned the public from participating in it as it was illegal.

ACP Zainol said that the meeting was held to inform the organisers that they were not allowed to hold the demonstration yesterday and the one on March 7 outside Sogo.

"Sogo has not given permission for the demonstration to be held at their premises. A police report has also been lodged on the matter."

Yesterday's demonstration saw the group marching to KLCC at about 5pm before dispersing at about 6.30pm.

Earlier, a group of some 30 people gathered outside the Pertama Complex to show their support for the police force.

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