10,000 defy warning, police give in to protesters
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1.00am - This conclude our LIVE coverage of the rally. And no, the federal government has not been toppled. Happy New Year.
12.05am, Dataran Merdeka - Surprisingly, there are no fireworks display at Dataran Merdeka and the flood lights that illuminated the field had been switched off.
Undaunted, the protesters decided to light up the field with their mobile phones held high.
11.50pm, Dataran Merdeka - The field is now silent as police and protesters quietly watch each other as the clock ticks to midnight.
Some revellers are upset that the concert has been cancelled and were heard yelling " Baliklah! (Go home!)" at the protesters while some were heard chanting "1Malaysia!".
11.30pm, Dataran Merdeka - The concert at Dataran Merdeka has been halted in view of a surge of protesters with a large Malaysian flag on the concert side of the field.
DBKL personnel are seen forming a line in front of the stage, which now has its lights turned off. Journalists then occupy the stage to photograph and film the protesters.
11pm, Dataran Merdeka - After more than 15 minutes of stand-off with police and DBKL officers in front of the Tourism and Culture Ministry, protesters attempt to breach the barricade once again.
The crowd, led by two Malaysian flags, is seen pouring pass the police cordon into Dataran Merdeka. The authorities eventually relent and do nothing to stop the protesters.
Protesters formed a line of their own to face the police line which is directly in front of the Tourism and Culture Ministry building on Jalan Raja.
The other protesters have filled up their entire width of the road until the intersection.
Protesters are also passing a number of Malaysian flags that has been sown together back and forth from above.
They are letting people into Dataran if they are there to watch the concert, while protesters can gather at the edge of the field.
"Inside is for those who want to celebrate New Year's Eve. If you want to protest, you may do so on the other side," said Dang Wangi OCPD Zainulddin Ahmad.
9.45pm, Pasar Seni - More than 300 protesters march to Dataran Merdeka while chanting slogans "Turun! Turun!", "Tipu! Tipu!" and "Najib Penipu!" (Najib is a liar). The group plans join the massive crowd already gathered at Dataran Merdeka.
Earlier, the Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) spokesperson urged the protesters to remain peaceful.
9.40pm, Dataran Merdeka: Protesters mock the government's claim that they want to " guling " (overthrow) the government.
Two protesters lie down on the floor while other protesters shouted, "Give way! We want to ' guling ' into Dataran Merdeka!" in front of the police line.
' Guling ' in the Malay language can mean either 'overthrow' or 'roll'.
"We are here to check if there is any crackdown by the police and will provide legal assistance to those protesters who are arrested," he says.
He adds that several lawyers are on stand-by. Syukri urges the public to call or send SMS to a list of numbers if they need help.
9.30pm, Dataran Merdeka - Even though protesters from Masjid Jamek march to Dataran DBKL as planned, some of the overflowing crowd proceed directly to Dataran Merdeka. Others follow suit.
They come face-to-face with a police line near the intersection of Jalan Tun Perak.
Some protesters enter Dataran Merdeka using the sidewalk, while others squeeze through the police line. Police are not stopping them.
9.15pm, Masjid Jamek - The protesters gathering near the Masjid Jamek LRT station begin moving toward Dataran Merdeka, shouting 'Reformasi', 'Hidup Rakyat' dan 'Bangkit Rakyat'.
With the police forming a defensive line around Dataran Merdeka, confrontation appears imminent.
After disembarking, some police personnel are forming a line in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building while the rest are headed for the Royal Selangor Club building.
8.20pm, Pasar Seni - An undergraduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam slams BN for failing to stick to its election promise of not increasing the road tolls.
The 19-year-old who wants to be known as Yoi, says he decides to join the Turun rally to express his unhappiness over BN's policies.
"Why the price of toll and petrol increase soon after the election? Is this the way you (government) serve the people? BN should know that we're very angry," says the mechanical engineering student.
Yoi, who is with five other friends, says they are heading to Sogo before marching to Dataran Merdeka.
Meanwhile, only a few protesters are seen in the vicinity of Central Market but there are a lot of people clad in black seen walking towards Dataran Merdeka.
8:20pm, Dataran Merdeka - The concert for the New Year 2014 countdown has started to the tune of Europe's The Final Countdown.
7.50pm, Dataran DBKL - The weather is cloudy and breezy. Low rumblings from the sky could be heard and rain appear likely later tonight.
The site here, where protesters from the three meeting points will march to before proceeding to Dataran Merdeka, remains open to the public.
Only a few of DBKL (City Hall) officers are spotted along the edges of the square. A handful of protesters, clad in black, have also gathered here instead of the designated meeting points.
7.40pm, Sogo - More than 200 people have gathered in front of the shopping complex. Most of them appear to be PAS members and they perform their maghrib prayers in front of the mall.
7.45pm, Central Market - No obvious signs of protesters within the vicinity yet but there are several traffic police personnel spotted, along with one patrol car. The place is still teeming with tourists.
7.35pm, Dataran Merdeka - The crowd for the New Year 2014 countdown has begun to gather on the field opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad building where a stage has been set up. The event organisers are preparing for a concert, which is expected to kick off at 8pm.
Police personnel are few and far in between and the entrance into Dataran Merdeka from the direction of Sogo, one of the gathering points for protesters, remains open to access.
However, some 50 DBKL (City Hall) officers are camped near the intersection of Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Tun Perak.
In anticipation of a gloomy 2014, demonstrators took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur tonight to protest the rising cost of living as a result of the government's austerity measures.
The New Year’s Eve protest, organised by a coalition of NGOs led by Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), saw participants gathering at three meeting points - Sogo Shopping Complex at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek.
They then marched to Dataran DBKL before proceeding to the adjacent Dataran Merdeka where the Kuala Lumpur City Hall is organising a New Year's concert.
The authorities have accused protest organisers of planning to overthrow the government and police have branded the rally "illegal".
Police claim to have intelligence that dangerous weapons and bombs will be present at the demonstration but protest organisers have vehemently denied this.
Turun chief Mohd Azan Safar said the government was attempting to distract attention from the cost of living issues, which is the focus of the protest.
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