KUALA LUMPUR: In the second round of vigil-related arrests this week, police yesterday detained 16 people, including Teratai state assemblywoman Jenice Lee Ying Ha outside her office here in Taman Muda.
Lee, when contacted, said the 16, a mix of DAP members and residents, were arrested at about 9pm after police moved in on their vigil-cum-“birthday celebration” of a participant at the gathering.
As at 10.30pm yesterday, Lee and another person were held at the Ampang police station while the others were brought to the Pandan Indah police station. The 16 will be brought to Ampang court today to be remanded after being held overnight.
On 19 May night, police arrested Lee, Serdang parliamentarian Teo Nie Ching and nine other DAP members for failing to disperse at a candlelight vigil in Seputeh to “mourn the death of democracy”.
However, a similar vigil in Serdang on 20 May proceeded for 15 minutes without incident.
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This article first appeared on Friday, 22 May 2009 in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the same title. Used with permission.