Dianggarkan 40 pegawai DBKL dan polis itu mengepung tapak perkhemahan berkenaan dan merampas khemah tersebut pada kira-kira jam 8 pagi ini, menurut seorang saksi, Wong Tay Sy, 27.
Wanita muda itu berkata, pasukan berkenaan menunggu sehingga peserta perkhemahan tersebut bangkit tidur dan merampas serta memunggah sebanyak 61 daripada 62 khemah itu ke dalam trak DBKL.
Wong yang berkhemah di lokasi tersebut sejak Jumaat lalu berkata, dua orang berkenaan – aktivis Fahmi Reza dan siswa bernama Umar Mohd Azmi – ditahan dan dibawa ke sebuah kenderaan tidak bertanda.
"Fahmi terus bertanya sekiranya beliau ditahan namun mereka tidak menjawab. Sekarang beliau berada di balai polis Dang Wangi," katanya lagi.
Hari kelapan demo siswa
Kumpulan siswa berkenaan berkhemah di Dataran Merdeka sejak lebih seminggu lalu dengan mesej tuntutan untuk menghapus pinjaman melalui Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional dan juga tuntutan untuk pendidikan tinggi percuma.
Kumpulan yang berkhemah bersama aktivis Occupy Dataran memberi ruang kepada konsert diraja untuk diadakan di Dataran namun kembali berkhemah selepas konsert itu berakhir malam tadi.
Ketika dihubungi, Fahmi berkata beliau ditahan oleh anggota polis ketika pegawai DBKL sedang menurunkan khemah yang didirikan mereka.
Katanya, polis berkenaan mahu bercakap dengannya namun Fahmi berkata beliau ingin berbincang dengan rakannya terlebih dahulu.
Fahmi berkata beliau ditahan polis selepas ditanya sekiranya benar beliau ditahan, manakala seorang lagi ditahan apabila mendekati polis dan bertanya sebab penahanan Fahmi.- malaysiakini
DBKL confiscate Dataran tents, 2 arrested...
Two men were arrested this morning when the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) and police raided their protest camp at Dataran Merdeka, the iconic public square in the city centre.
According to eyewitness and supporter Wong Tay Sy, 27, a huge contingent of DBKL and police officers surrounded the campsite, seized the tents and loaded them into a City Hall truck at about 8 am.
"They waited for us to wake up and took away 61 out of 62 of our tents. We are only left with food, drinks and a recycled bunting,” she told Malaysiakini. “Only one or two of the police were in uniform.”
The 40 DBKL and police personnel were more than doubled the number of protesters, said Wong, who has been camping there since Friday night.
She said that the two arrested - social activist Fahmi Reza and student Umar Mohd Azmi - were "dragged into an unmarked van" by about two or three men each.
"Fahmi kept on asking if he was arrested but they did not answer. He is now at the Dang Wangi police station," she said, adding that the operation was over in 10 minutes.
Two protestors have gone to the station to check on their friends while the rest have collectively decided to stay put at Dataran.
"We are appealing for more people to join us and help us with supplies," she said.
Day 8 of Dataran occupation
This is the eighth day of the student protest for free education. They share the space with the Occupy Dataran movement - a movement to reclaim public spaces.
The students, who are demanding the abolition of PTPTN (Higher Education Loan Fund), as well as the Occupy Dataran activists, decamped yesterday to make way for a royal concert held in Dataran last night.
While the Occupy Dataran activists re-established their camp late last night after the concert, the students are expected to return today.
When contacted, Fahmi (right) who is still held at the police station, said while DBKL officers took away the tents this morning, the police officers had demanded to speak to him personally.
"I was sitting down... the police said they wanted to talk to me but I told them to let me discuss with my friends first, he then started to grab my hand.
"I asked if I was arrested, they then grabbed me and arrested me without giving me any reason," he said.
Another Dataran occupier, Umar who approached the police to question why Fahmi was arrested, was also detained by police.
The DBKL officers involved in the operation are also at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.- malaysiakini