Sunday, January 27, 2008
Continuing their brutal crackdown on democratic rights over recent months, Malaysian police today attacked a peaceful protest against fuel price hikes held in Kuala Lumpur. (See http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Malaysia-Protest.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print for AP article.)
Fifty eight activists were arrested, including leaders of the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) chairperson Nasir Hashim and secretary-general S. Arutchelvan.
Fifty five of those arrested are being held at the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Three others, including Arutchelvan, have been taken to Pudu, the main jail.
Please send urgent text messages or telephone the Malaysian authorities on +60-3-21460522 to protest against these arrests and demand the activists’ immediate and unconditional release. Also send to the Malaysian embassy in your country – contact details for Malaysian embassies are at:
zzEmail messages can be sent to the PSM at email@example.com, for forwarding to the relevant authorities.