KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of red shirt rally protesters forced their way through a human barricade formed by police personnel to enter the Jalan Bukit Bintang area.
The protesters breached several police lines that cordoned off the area from Lot 10 at about 2.30pm yesterday.
The protesters who had gathered in Jalan Conlay first entered into Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Hundreds then turned back and forced their way through the police line to enter Jalan Bukit Bintang, causing a commotion as more police tried to stop them from entering the area.
Thousands of protesters then marched into Jalan Pudu from Jalan Bukit Bintang, bypassing a police line against entry into the Low Yat Plaza area.
Two protesters held earlier were escorted into a police truck.
There was heavy police presence around Bukit Bintang and Low Yat Plaza since 9am.
It was learnt that the Low Yat management had hired extra help to beef up security.
Participants who gathered on the street in front of Sungei Wang Plaza carried posters bearing the words “Himpunan Maruah Melayu” (Malay Dignity Gathering) in Jawi. They also sang patriotic songs and chanted “Hidup! Hidup! Hidup Melayu!” (Long live the Malays).
It was business as usual for most tenants.
One tenant said, “a lot of people still came to buy gadgets”.
However another tenant, who declined to be identified, said they could not afford to lose a day of business.
“The rent itself is steep ... RM16,000 a month,” he said.
Meanwhile, a man, who, despite wearing red, received hostile treatment when he held a poster with a picture of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the rally.
Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan arrived in a motorcycle convoy at about 10.35am amidst the chants of “1Malaysia!”.
Ahmad, who went as the Overseas Umno alumni supporters’ chief, said the supporters only brought messages of peace, unity and love.
The red shirt rally participants arrived as early as 8.30am at the Jalan Conlay checkpoint, with some wearing masks to protect against the haze and carrying banners.
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