KUALA LUMPUR: Crowds gathered at KLCC here for the #KitaLawan rally in support of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim despite the heavy rain.
Those taking part in the rally had earlier gathered at various spots in the city – Masjid Jamek LRT station, Central Market and the PAS headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut – before converging at the Sogo shopping complex at around 4pm, causing traffic to come to a standstill.
Among those at the rally were PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim and Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Batu MP Tian Chua, PAS’ Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and former Bersih chairman Datuk S. Ambiga.
However, other top Pakatan Rakyat leaders – DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang – were not present.
At about 4.20pm, the rally organisers announced that the crowds would be marching towards KLCC just as it started to rain.
As the protesters headed for KLCC, vehicles along the main road were slow moving.
At one point, firecrackers were heard going off at around 4pm in Sogo and some two hours later at KLCC. However, no untoward incident was reported.
The rally dispersed at around 6pm.
City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said about 130 police officers were dispatched to monitor the rally.
“Any offence committed during the rally will be subjected to investigation.
“I am still waiting for the district police chief to brief me on the matter but I have been notified that firecrackers were set off at the rally,” he said.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad later confirmed that Kelana Jaya PKR Youth chief Saifullah Zulkifli had been arrested for disturbing public peace.
He also said Nik Nazmi had been called to have his statement recorded at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today.
Asked if Nurul Izzah would also have her statement taken after she was reported on an online portal as saying that she had received the letter, he said: “All the organisers and leaders at the rally will be called.”
In Ipoh, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that the #KitaLawan rally was meant to provoke the security forces, and urged the people to accept the court decision on Anwar.