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OccupyDataran and Students' Encampment: Ambush by gangsters 19 Apr 2012 Day 6 by Temme

by Fahmi Reza on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:09am ·

At 2:36am, the student and Occupy Dataran encampment was violently ambushed by a big group of men.After the ambush, everyone sat down and victims of violence started to tell stories of what happened. Here is a brief summary of the stories. 
Everything started at 2:36am. 
A group of people on motorbikes rode in and parked. They walked towards the field and started shouting. From the fountain, another group of people came and started pulling and breaking tents with people were sleeping in it. There were altogether 60 people from the group. There were around 40-50 people part of the encampment, both students and non-students. 
One tent with a woman: They kicked her head when she was still in the tent. They shouted and hit the tent. 
They kicked a few tents and shouted at people to get out. Dragged a few people (non-students) from the edge of the camp to the field and belasah them. 
One guy was held in a chokehold and made to surrender his camera. He was dragged off. 
One woman was holding a camera and they pulled her bag, took her camera, smashed it on the ground, pulled her around, pulled her bag. 
One woman went to relief herself and was walking back to the camp from the direction of the fountain, she took out her camera and started filming when around 15 people surrounded her and one man snatched her camera and they shouted and pushed her to the ground until she let go of her camera. After she got up, another man pulled her bag and pushed her around. 
One guy followed behind the police and started filming, his camera was snatched and stamped. 
One guy was in a tent, opened it, heard ppl shouting managed to get out of the tent before they pulled the tent. He sat at the mats with a few ppl and they started provoking them to get reaction, dragged another guy off the mat and beat him. 
The people threw food around, destroyed all tents and donation box taken. 
One guy was dragged to the street and 5 ppl beat him because he had a camera in his bag. 
One woman was picked on and called lesbian. 
About 5 Police cars came but they did nothing. 
One man wearing kopiah was slapped twice, he asked what was happening, he was beaten, called pukimak and said he won't ever get into heaven. 
A guy tried to take photo with ipad and they hit him and tried to take his ipad. 
A few people saw a man in plainclothes carrying a revolver. We can't identify if he is a Special Branch policemen. 
A man identified one of the person in the attacking group as a member of UMNO Youth. 
After the ambush, campers cleaned up the place. We collectively decided that we would not be intimidated by the violence and we will sit peacefully to defend Dataran Merdeka as the people's square and our right to occupy peacefully. 

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