Nov 30, 2006

Chaos at Kampung Berembang (Photos)




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(MalaysiaKini) This morning, MPAJ, armed with four bulldozers, came in to finish the job and again they faced stiff resistence from the villagers.

Some 60 villagers and activists had stood steadfast in their last stand against the demolition. They had also parked their vehicles in a cordon around the surau to stop the bulldozers.

Attempts by the pro-tem secretary-general of Parti Sosialis Malaysia S Arutchelvan to negotiate with enforcement agencies failed and a scuffle broke out when the MPAJ personnel started uprooting trees just outside the surau.

But the situation got out of hand when the MPAJ enforcement team started cutting the fence of the surau at 11am.

They then towed away the vehicles cordoning the surau using MPAJ tow-trucks to an unknown destination.

Battle field

Villagers who tried to block the demolition were violently shoved and pushed aside by the MPAJ enforcement officers, who numbered more than 100.

Things took an ugly turn when the police and the FRU joined the fray to beat the villagers and their supporters who had gathered there.

Women and children, who were holed up inside the surau, were also not spared.

The enforcement officers were aggressive against both the women and children. One woman who had locked herself with a steel chain to the surau was forcibly removed.

The officers were seen pulling the hair of some of the women and slapping the children who refused to leave the surau.

** Get more photos from Malaysia Kini - Kampung Berembang Demolition Album


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1 comment:

xenobiologista said...

"Attempts by the pro-tem secretary-general of Parti Sosialis Malaysia S Arutchelvan to negotiate with enforcement agencies"

Great. Our democratic government sucks so much it's left to the *socialists* to stand up for the little people? That's pretty embarrassing...