Police arrested 31 at ‘candlelight vigil’ for Covid victims for illegal assembly

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested 31 people for allegedly taking part in an illegal assembly at Dataran Merdeka yesterday night.

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They were there for a “candlelight vigil” and memorial service for those who died of Covid-19.

The rally organised by Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR), the same group which organised the #Lawan rally last month, was scheduled to start at 8pm.

However, it was learnt that the organisers decided to call off the event at the eleventh hour.

Nevertheless, some people turned up as they were unaware that the gathering was called off.

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Police detained 17 men and 14 women and took them to the Dang Wangi headquarters about 8.40pm.

Among those who are currently in police custody are #Lawan organiser Mohammad Asraf Sharaf, Undi18 co-founder Qyira Yusri and Misi Solidariti founder, Sarah Irdina Mohamad Ariff.

As of 10.30pm yesterday, details of the arrests are still sketchy as there has been no official police response.-NST