KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2009: Eleven people, including two DAP politicians, were arrested for taking part in a candlelight vigil in Seputeh yesterday evening.
Among those arrested were DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) deputy chairperson and Teratai state assemblyperson Jenice Lee and DAP Serdang Member of Parliament (MP) Teo Nie Ching, along with nine other party workers.
They were part of a dozen people who were taking part in the candlelight vigil in front of the office of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, to mark the “killing of democracy” in Perak.
All those arrested were taken to Brickfields District Police Station. According to reports, a group of some 30 people including DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang then gathered outside the station calling for the release of the detainees.
In an immediate statement, Dapsy executive secretary Lim Zhen Hui condemned the arrest of Dapsy leaders and members.
Lim said with the arrests, “the police has reinforced the idea that democracy does not exist in this country”.
He also demanded the immediate release of all those who were detained and called for the government to revive the democratic process.