Video of the Anti-ISA vigil arrests on 9 NovPosted: November 22, 2008
Found this video from Susan’s blog HERE.
There have been many videos now showing the arrests during that one vigil that saw 23 people arrested. I still do not know the reason behind the mass arrests up till today. If the reason is because the vigil had no permit, it still does not explain the need for the FRUs to arrest that many people at one go, and to be so rough on civilians.
From the video we see the police, uniformed or otherwise, running and chasing down someone, presumably one of the vigilers. It looked to me like they were chasing down a criminal! If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this video was about chasing a robber or something.
On another note, it seems that the Malaysiakini camera and tape that were ‘arrested’ on the same day have been tampered with. If you’re subscribed to Malaysiakini, the story is HERE.
First and foremost, if the cameraman was there as media, why was he even arrested? Accroding to him, he was clearly wearing his Malaysiakini vest that had the words “Media” and “Malaysiakini” printed in bold on the front and back. Members of media should not be arrested for being at the scene covering a story.
And to make matters worse, his camera and tape were both taken (why take the camera is something I don’t get). And upon return, they found out that some parts of the video recording have been written over.
Whether the tape was tampered with by the police, or by a third party is yet to be determined. But it does make me wonder what the contents of the ‘missing’ parts are.