A rally that just couldn't take off

A rally that just couldn't take off
A protestor is detained by Malaysian police during a protest against Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on August 1, 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR - The planned rally to call for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's resignation as Prime Minister at the Sogo Shopping Complex here ended before it began.

Several protesters, including two Opposition assemblymen, were arrested.

PKR's Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang and Simpang Pulai assemblyman Tan Kar Hing were detained at about 2.20pm when people were starting to crowd outside the complex for the #TangkapNajib rally.

The two were earlier engaged in discussions with the police after they had instructed the crowd to disperse. Two separate explosions, believed to have been caused by firecrackers, were heard after the duo were nabbed - setting off a series of arrests of protesters.

Among the last few people arrested include elderly woman protester Annie Ooi Siew Lan, also known as Auntie Bersih and a regular face in anti-government protests.

Several shops on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, including Sogo, had also closed their doors due to the commotion. Shoppers at Sogo were temporarily locked in.

Police then cordoned off the area outside the complex at about 3pm, asking the public as well as pressmen, to disperse and leave the area.

They reopened the area at about 3.40pm after which businesses went on as usual. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which was earlier closed to traffic, was also reopened.

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