KUANTAN: Himpunan Hijau’s plan to disrupt the operations at the Lynas rare earth refinery failed after its leader Wong Tack and 15 other members were arrested while protesting in front of the plant.
The anti-Lynas group had converged outside the plant in Gebeng here yesterday with the intention of paralysing its operation by setting up a blockade there.
However, Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh informed Wong that the magistrate’s court had issued an injunction barring the group from approaching within a 20m radius of the plant.
After Wong and hundreds of his supporters were allowed past the roadblock some 2km away, they began marching towards the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant.
ACP Abdul Aziz then asked Wong for a sit down to discuss a solution with representatives from Lynas but the meeting broke down about an hour later.
A scuffle broke out when the Himpunan Hijau protesters pushed their way past the police barricade, causing several of them to be arrested.
Wong and several protesters were arrested after they refused to disperse.
The Federal Reserve Unit was called in but the group gradually dispersed to assemble outside the Kuantan district police headquarters instead.
ACP Abdul Aziz said the 16 of them, including a foreign woman, were being investigated for illegal assembly and rioting.