ISA protest: Crowds disperse; KL police chief says 438 arrested, so far

(The Star) 07.05pm: Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohd Sabtu Osman says that 438 people were arrested until 6pm, including 37 women and 38 juvenile.

06.40pm: Mohd Khairul Azamdin, legal adviser to pro ISA Majlis Gabungan NGO Pembela Negara walks through police blockade and is now at the the Palace to hand over a memorandum urging that the ISA be retained. He is alone.

06.29pm Crowds disperse; reduced police presence; IGP says city situation is under control

05.45pm: Water cannons fired at Masjid Jamek LRT station; FRU and police marching in to disperse crowd; people are running into mosque

05.35pm: Joint press conference – Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA Chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said that they would try to hand over memorandum to Palace another day. He claimed that more than 200 arrested. Anwar said police action unwarranted

05.30pm: Shops reopening but Jln TAR still closed to traffic; police helicopters circling overhead

05.20pm: More tear gas fired on protesters near Maju Junction; police pull down a banner

05.05pm: People gathered in a parking lot at Jalan Dang Wangi; FRU on standby; traffic clogged on Jln Ampang.

05:00pm: Police denied entry into PAS Hq; waiting outside

04.47pm: Police are trying to get into PAS HQ to get at protesters; Opposition leaders are believed to be inside.

04.15pm: Water cannons, tear gas fired again at 15,000 people near Sogo shopping complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman; protesters also gathering at PAS HQ in Jln Raja Laut; water cannon spray hits PAS HQ door

04.00pm: People start to gather, shout slogans in front of Sogo and Pertama complexes; disperse and gather again; police and FRU arrive

03.55pm: Three people, who fainted near Jalan Dang Wangi, between Sogo and Pertama, taken away by civil defence ambulance. People boo police as they pass by.

03.45pm: Police stop firing water cannons and tear gas but small crowds remain. Many are clustered around Opposition leaders. Jalan Tuanku Rahman is now open to traffic.

03.30pm: Police confirm 157 people arrested ahead of protests, Bernama reports.

03.27pm: Shoppers stuck inside along Jalan TAR calling media, complaining they cannot get out and wondering how long the standoff will last.

03.10pm: LRT skips Masjid Jamek station; commuters told to get off at Dang Wangi or KL Sentral stations

03.07pm: Crowd, fired with water cannon along Jalan Raja Laut, disperses and regroups along Jalan TAR to shots of tear gas.

03.00pm: Opposition leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Datuk Mahfuz Omar and Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin are at the demonstration. Protests now mainly around City Hall.

02.50pm: Water cannons fired at protesters at Dataran Merdeka near the Royal Selangor Club.

02.44pm: Water cannons and tear gas deployed on 20,000 crowd along Jalan Kinabalu; many carry bottles with salt water to wash off tear gas irritant.

02.40pm: Roads into city centre are all jammed; more shops close along Jalan TAR; protesters getting louder

02.33pm: Tear gas fired on crowd in front of City Hall along Jalan Raja Laut

02.30pm: A crowd of about 20,000 on Jalan Kinabalu

02.27pm: Police start firing tear gas at crowd marching down Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Masjid Jamek; crowd disperses, regathers

02.15pm: Pro-ISA rally is cancelled, according to a Pewaris representative Mohd Khairul Azamdin but a representative will hand over memorandum at the Istana.

02.12pm: About 400 people marching down Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman wearing flu masks, chanting 'Reformasi'.

02.00pm: About 2,000 people moving from National Mosque to Dataran Merdeka. Police have arrested, at least, 80 people in various locations in the city centre.

01.45: Police enter Sogo complex and arrest man clad in black wearing an anti-ISA badge and holding a loud speaker and a newspaper. Federal Reserve Units standing in line outside, blocking the road.

01.40pm: Hundreds making their way to the National Mosque for zohor prayers. Several people questioned by police.

01.34pm: Twenty-five people, including six women, arrested near Central Market. There was some struggle when the women were picked up.

1.25pm: Total number of people arrested near Sogo is 20. A few shops along the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman road are now closed. Total arrested more than 100 so far.

1.00pm: Heavy police presence near National Mosque as a few people gathered nearby.

12.55pm: Police have blocked off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, the road outside the Sogo complex. The complex has shut its shutters.

12.43pm: At least sixty-nine people have been arrested so far in the city from locations in National Mosque, KL Sentral, Central Market, Sogo and Masjid Jamek. Staff of legal aid bureau with the Bar Council among those arrested. She is one of the women detained so far.

12.35pm: Twelve people arrested so far in Central Market. The situation there is quite calm. Several Opposition MPs including Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne spotted.

12.30pm: Several people gathered near Masjid Jamek ordered to disperse by the police. More people arrested at the Masjid Jamek LRT station.

12.15pm: Another five arrested near Sogo. Traffic near the complex is still moving.

12.03pm: Five more arrested, bringing the total number of people detained near Sogo to 12.

11.40am: Seven people detained from the entrance to the Sogo complex.

11.30am: Four more people have been arrested at Central Market.

11am: City police chief Deputy Comm Mohd Sabtu Othman said police arrested over 25 people, including suspected organisers of illegal gatherings, near the National Mosque.

The situation at areas where two non-governmental groups have planned to gather over the Internal Security Act issue is still calm as at 10am.

Roads leading to the city centre continued to be jammed Saturday as police maintained roadblocks.

Riot police backed by trucks with water cannons are standing guard at train stations and shopping malls in the city where protesters plan to gather.

The protesters intend to march to Istana Negara to submit a petition to the King denouncing the ISA and urging its repeal.

Bernama reports KL traffic police as saying that the Seremban-Sungai Besi Highway, Jalan Kelapa Gading, Jalan Mahameru, roads around Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Travers and roads around Istana Negara have been closed.

Federal Reserve Unit personnel were at strategic areas, including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Negara and Masjid Jamek.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has warned that stern action would be taken against those participating in rallies whether supporting or opposing the abolition of the ISA.

The police started setting up roadblocks on Friday ahead of the illegal gatherings, causing major traffic jamsaround the city.