Bersih 2.0 Update: Masjid Negara currently has the largest crowd assembled, with more than 1,000 people gathered and chanting slogans as early as 9.45am. At least one 70-year-old man clad in a Pakatan Rakyat vest and turban was arrested along with two others. The situation is otherwise calm.
Bersih 2.0 Update: According to the latest tally posted on the Police’s Facebook page, a total of 236 people have been arrested as at 11am in connection to the rally. The figure include 228 men and eight women.
Bersih 2.0 Update: Kampung Baru appears to be a hot spot for arrests this morning, with at least 30 people seen roped in by police as at 10.45am. At least one person was seen detained for possession of a yellow Bersih T-shirt. He was however not placed with the other detainees, and brought elsewhere for questioning.
Bersih 2.0 Update: At around 11.40am, police are seen moving in on hundreds of PAS members assembled at the old KTM station near Masjid Negara. Since early this morning, police have blocked public access to both Masjid Negara and nearby Masjid Jamek, considered favoured shelters for protesters during crackdowns.
Bersih 2.0 Update: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali announces his arrival in Kuala Lumpur on Twitter. “Saya sudah berjaya tiba di ‘forbidden city of KL’,” he said. Azmin is on a list of 91 people banned by a court order from being in the vicinity of rally hotspots today. http://bit.ly/oFSyOk
Bersih 2.0 Update: Riot police and protesters are now in a stand-off in at least four separate locations, as Bersih 2.0 supporters get into a cat-and-mouse game in a bid to get to Stadium Merdeka. The standoffs are currently at the KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, the area near the Bar Council office, Masjid Jamek and Pudu.
Bersih 2.0 Update: Umno Youth’s anti-Bersih movement, Patriot, finally made an appearance at around 1.30pm, with some 300 gathering at Bukit Bintang wearing red ‘Patriot’ shirts and chanting “hancur Bersih!” while they handed out Patriot shirts to the public. Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is not present, though his supporters claim he will make an appearance soon.
Bersih 2.0 Update: At 1.30pm, the KL police headquarters issued a statement confirming that 540 people have been arrested so far, comprising 479 men, 58 women and three juveniles. The detainees include 11 wearing yellow Bersih 2.0 T-shirts and one wearing a red Patriot T-shirt.
Bersih 2.0 Update: Police have started spraying water cannons and tear gas on protesters in Pudu, after confusion over the offer for safe passage to Jalan Sultan. The over 2,000-strong crowd are sandwiched between two FRU blockades and stuck in front of Tung Shin Hospital. It is believed that Subang MP R Sivarasa, who brokered the initial deal, has been detained. http://bit.ly/pf6Wwa
Bersih 2.0 Update: A small Bersih 2.0 delegation, led by national laureate A Samad Said, failed to present their memorandum on free and fair elections to the Agong after they were stopped by police around 200m from Istana Negara.
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