Despite the organisers of the #Lawan protest being called up by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for questioning, these activist were unfazed by the alleged intimidation by the PDRM and had continued to march on the streets of Kuala Lumpur to show their determination.
Today (31 July) at around 10 a.m., a number of people wearing black have started to gather near the Masjid Jamek LRT station for the #Lawan protest. These demonstrators can be seen carrying black flags and are waving them up high, while shouting out for the current Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin resignation.
There were a heavy police presence at the scene too, with multiple traffic police and plainclothes police standing by at the scene, as well as a number of marshals with white safety hats and medics with red safety hats.
However, it was reported that the police have closed several roads heading into Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Tun Perak and the police officers had announced that they will take action against anybody who intentionally violates the standard operating procedures (SOP) in the city.
According to The Star, City police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said this to those who planned to take part in the #Lawan demonstration which is supposed to take place at Dataran Merdeka.
He added that the PDRM have not received any application or notice from any of the organising committee of the protest.
The #Lawan protest calls for the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to step down, for Parliament to continue sitting, and for an automatic loan moratorium for all Malaysians.
At the scene, numerous demonstrators carried banners and placards which read “Kerajaan Gagal” or “Failed Government”, while they chanted “Tolak Muhyiddin”, “Letak Jawatan” and “Bangkit Rakyat” as they make their way to Dataran Merdeka.
According to FMT, PKR vice-president Tian Chua was among the politicians who showed up, saying he was there in solidarity with the protesters, who were mostly youths.
He said that he would like to see more Malaysians and youths standing up and speak out against the injustice they face and push for a change in Putrajaya.
“We’re seeing the emergence of a new wave of youth activism. This is something that we should be very proud of.” he said.
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