Black 505 campers pack up but not leaving Padang Merbok yet

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  • Sunday, 23 Jun 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of "campers" who stayed overnight at Padang Merbok after the Black 505 rally on Saturday have removed their tents and belongings.

However, they are staying put and not leaving the place as more officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) arrive to "force" them to leave.

A check made at 10pm Sunday showed that all access to Padang Merbuk have been blocked by the police and DBKL officers.

The road blocks have forced the "campers" to park their vehicles along Jalan Parlimen as they were unable to enter the field's carpark.

The road leading to the Parliament building, which is located nearby, has also been cordoned off by police.

The campers were reciting poems while a few of the leaders gave speeches.

Among the speakers were Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) chairman Dr Nasir Hashim and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairman Badrul Hisham Shaharin, or better known as Chegu Bard.

Earlier, DBKL issued a two-hour notice to the group to vacate the site. Enforcement officers, met by reporters at the site, said the notice was issued at 10.15am ordering them to remove the tents as they did not have the permission of the mayor to do so.

"We are giving them until 12.15pm and if they fail to do so, action will be taken," he said.

Chegu Bard said about 100 tents were erected at Padang Merbok after the Black 505 gathering.

"Yesterday, 246 people camped here and we will act according to the situation depending on instructions from DBKL," he said.

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