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Student Protestors Allegedly Beaten, 17 Arrested by Police

TANJUNG MALIM, 1 JANUARY, 2012: About 17 student protesters were arrested and two others injured after a scuffle broke out with the police during a demonstration at the Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI) campus here.


Reports said they were detained at the police headquarters here since 2am Sunday.


Several students were being treated in hospitals after police moved in to break up the demonstration on New Year's Eve.

Sources said that UPSI Undergraduate Solidarity chairman Ahmad Syukri Che Abd Razab was among those arrested.

It is also believed that Adam Adli Abdul Halim, the student who lowered a banner of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak outside the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur recently, had also been detained.

The students were said to be holding the demonstration to fight for freedom of academic rights.

It is learnt that a team of Light Strike Force personnel was stationed at the campus during the demonstration.

The Star reported that most of the 17 arrested are not UPSI students but from other universities.

Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said only two students – Adam Adli a female student – were from UPSI.

According to the report, the others were students of Universiti Selangor (Unisel), International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) and Management and Science University (MSU).

He said all the students should be released by the end of the day.

DCP Mohd Shukri clarified that police had not beaten up the students causing two of them to be badly injured.

"There was no scuffle. We took necessary action to uphold public safety.

"The students did not adhere to police instructions to disperse and we were forced to move in to arrest them.

"They resisted which could have led to the impression that a scuffle occurred," he told reporters.

He added that one student crashed into the glass panel of a nearby clinic during the chaos and injured himself.

"He was given outpatient treatment at the Tanjung Malim Health Clinic.

"Another student is being treated at the Slim River Hospital for minor injuries," he said.









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