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Momentary chaos at Kuching rally

Andrew Ong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Chaos struck a DAP-organised rally in Kuching late this evening when the police stormed the stage to stop Sarawak DAP founder Chong Siew Chiang from speaking.

S NONE upporters immediately formed a human shield to stop the police team led by Kuching OCPD Mun Kok Keong.

A tug of war between the DAP supporters and police took place for about a minute, threatening to get out of control - until the police ceased their push forward.

At one point, Mun came so close to Chong that his supporters moved in to keep the officer away from their leader.

The crowd grew livid, especially after riot police began to muscle their way to the stage.

Deafening chants of "Ubah" and "DAP" rang through the crowd, which became silent after one of the rally emcees urged them to calm down.

For reasons not stated, the police gave up on their mission and left the stage, much to the delight of the crowd.

As they were leaving, one of the emcees told the gathering that the organisers had obtained a permit for the event.

When he asked if the crowd would allow the police to stop the event, the response was a loud "No!"

At the time of writing, the rally is proceeding smoothly, with DAP chairperson Karpal Singh just arriving.

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