Monday, February 14, 2011
According to police, the HRP activists were arrested for obstructing traffic and moving in a large group.
The 22 detainees have been on a hunger strike last night, revealed Selvam.
The arrests were unlawful, oppressive and in breach of Article 10 of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing the right to freedom of assembly and expression, said Surendran.
"Once again the government and police have displayed blatant disregard for the rule of law and democratic freedoms," said Surendran.
He also expressed being disturbed over the presence of five children among those detained by police.
"This action by police is in bad faith and gross disregard of laws protecting minors... The arrests were also carried out with excessive force and vulgar abuse was heaped upon some of those arrested," said Surendran, citing the assault on a Malaysiakini Citizen Journalist by police.
Posted by barred at 5:15 PM