Friday, June 13, 2008

Rally in KL to protest fuel price hike - The Star


A large group of opposition party supporters from PAS and PKR gathered in front of the Kampung Baru mosque after Friday prayers to protest the recent fuel price hike.

The group, led by PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub, walked from the mosque at about 2pm towards the junction of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Dang Wangi in front of the Sogo shopping complex.

They then sat in the middle of the road in front of Sogo for a few minutes before moving on to the PAS headquarters on Jalan Raja Laut.

The protesters dispersed peacefully at about 3.15pm.

Salahuddin told reporters that the protest march was to give a clear message to the Government that the people are suffering from the spike in fuel prices and immediate action must be taken to reduce fuel prices.

He said more protests would be held if the Government refuses to heed the call.

"A bigger protest comprising about one million people will be held on July 5 as a measure of the people's displeasure with the Barisan Nasional government," he said.

A total of 889 police personnel stood watch but did not confront the crowd for fear of provoking unruly behaviour among the demonstrators.

About 2,000 police officers and FRU personnel had been deployed earlier near Kampung Baru and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre ahead of the anticipated fuel price hike rally organised by PAS.

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