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    Activism: Student leader Safwan in critical condition after assault by police in Tg Malim

    Student leader Safwan in critical condition after assault by police


    SUN 2012-JAN-1 @ MYT 05:21:26 AM




    • Police beating up students in lockup Parti Socialis
    • Umno thugs attacked students at rally blog
    • Flag protester Adam Adli among those arrested

    An unconscious Safwan Alang being taken to Slim River hospital in critical condition. Twitter photo by Solidariti Mahasiswa
    Student leader Mohd Safwan Alang was critically injured after being attacked and assaulted in a police lockup after being arrested at a New Years Eve student rally for academic freedom, held at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim last night.
    Details of the attack were not immediately available. On-the-scene reports sent via Twitter messages said Safwan had lost consciousness after the attack and had initially been taken to Tanjung Malim hospital. Parti Socialis Malaysia said Safwan had been seriously assaulted by police while at the police lockup, and was in critical condition. He had been transferred to Slim River hospital.
    Parti Socialis also said another person had received stitches in Tanjung Malim hospital for his injuries
    From inside Tanjung Malim police station, student activist Adam Adli posted a message on Twitter that Safwan was punched twice in the face and was being assaulted in the police station.
    SafwanAnang teruk dibelasah sdg nazak! Ya Allah! Kau laknat anjing umno! Kami di rmh pasung tg malim! Turun skrg
    A blog posting at Malaysia Flip Flop said:
    UMNO thugs beat up student Safwan at UPSI over a protest on AUKU. First we have the pig incident (rumour that it was placed there by UMNO members) in Johore mosque to end the year 2011. Then the start of 2012, UMNO members beat up a Malay student. UMNO is so desperate to create trouble so that there will not be an election this year.

    These photos, taken on a cameraphone, were posted by Solidariti Mahasiswa, an umbrella organisation of student bodies campaigning for academic freedom, university autonomy and the repeal of the Universities and University Colleges Act.

    Police were assaulting those students in the lockup while other students waiting outside Tanjung Malim police station were being intimidated by the police, according to a message on the partys official Twitter account.
    Mohd Safwan is president of the Muslim Students Association at the University of Malaya and also heads the BEBAS coalition for academic freedom. He was an organiser of the 16-hour New Years rally outside the university, planned as a sit-in from midnight to 5pm today. Police used force to break up the rally, according to students and Parti Socialis Malaysia on Twitter. Between nine and 16 students were arrested, they said in Twitter messages. Among those arrested were Adam Adli, Saifuddin Shafi Muhammad and Hilman Idham, said Parti Socialis.

    Safwan was one of the organisers of a large protest march of about 500 university students through Kuala Lumpur on Dec 17 in which they delivered a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission and to deputy education minister Saifuddin Abdullah demanding the repeal of the UUCA.

    It was during this march that Adam Adli became the centre of public attention and the subject of threats afte he briefly lowered an Umno banner bearing the image of party leader Najib Tun Razak, and hoisting in its place a banner in support of academic freedom.
    He was to have been a main speaker at the rally, which was also meant to be a show of support for his action. Adam has been issued a disciplinary letter by the university and asked to show cause why he should not be expelled.

    He had also attacked outside federal police headquarters apparently by a policeman and had also received death threats. Subsequently a group of Umno Youth members in Petaling Jaya Utara made a video in which they made threats against university students.

    Saifuddin is secretary of Jingga 13, an anti-corruption pressure group under Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which has been leading the campaign of exposures on alleged corruption in the National Feedlot Corporation, involving the family of cabinet minister Sharizat Jalil. The group has also piled up pressure against Islamic affairs minister Jamil Khir Baharom, over an Auditor-Generals report that zakat funds were used to pay his legal expenses in a court case.

    SEE ALSO
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    How convenient:

    Mohd Shukri said that one student crashed into the glass panel of a nearby clinic during the demonstration and injured himself.


    Police say did not beat up undergrads in UPSI demo


    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
    January 01, 2012
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 The police have denied beating up several student activists during a peaceful demonstration at the Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI), saying that there was no scuffle when arrests were made.
    Students and opposition politicians claimed several students involved in the demonstration for academic freedom were allegedly beaten up and arrested early this morning after refusing to heed a police order to disperse.
    The president of undergraduate movement Bebas, Muhammad Safwan Anang, lies unconscious after allegedly being beaten by the police this morning. Picture courtesy of Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia

    Perak Chief Police Officer Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said that necessary action was taken to uphold public safety, and one of the students had injured himself.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 was quoted by The Star as saying.

    Mohd Shukri said that one student crashed into the glass panel of a nearby clinic during the demonstration 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, said the state police chief.

    He said that only two students Adam Adli Abdul Halim and a female student were from UPSI.

    The others were apparently from Universiti Selangor (Unisel), International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) and the Management and Science University (MSU.)

    Adam, a 21-year UPSI student, has come under attack for purportedly lowering a banner bearing the likeness of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak outside Umnos headquarters in the national capital last month.

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

    PKR and DAP have condemned the police for alleged heavy-handed action in dispersing some 60 undergraduates who held a peaceful sit-down demonstration in support of a fellow student activist and demanded academic freedom at the Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim shortly after midnight.

    The opposition party claimed the police, including two Special Branch (SB) officers, showed a heavy presence on campus and took violent action against what they said were 100 students instead of the 60 estimated by lawyer Fadiah Najwa Fikri, when the undergraduates refused to disperse as ordered.

    Up to 17 students were arrested in the 2.30am incident and taken to the Tanjung Malim police station.

    One student, Muhammad Safwan Anang, was allegedly beaten up, punched and kicked until he lost consciousness.

    The president of student reform movement Gerakan Menuntut Kebebasan Akademik (Bebas) is warded at the Slim River Hospital with a broken cheekbone, PKR said in its statement.

    The party claimed he was assaulted by eight policemen and SB officers.

    Tanjung Malim police confirmed to The Malaysian Insider 17 students were arrested in the incident but declined to elaborate further as they are still investigating the case.
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    When cops resort to beating up young students, we know that the end is near!


    Assaulted student: Cop asked me to lie


    http://malaysiakini.com/news/185421


    One of the 17 students arrested over the sit-in at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) was allegedly asked to a sign a document stating that he sustained injuries from a fall.

    Gerakan Menuntut Kebebasan Akademik (Bebas) president Muhammad Safwan Anang said that he was asked to sign the document after a police photographer took pictures of him at the hospital.

    He later related the incident to Student Solidarity Malaysia (SMM) president Ahmad Syukri Abdul Razab and lawyer N Surendran from his hospital bed this morning.

    After taking photographs, the police personnel asked Safwan to sign a form which read, to the effect of, Mangsa jatuh semasa kejadian (the victim fell during the incident), said Surendran when contacted.

    Syukri told Malaysiakini that although Safwan was very weak, he was able to tear apart the document instead of signing it, but was not able to hold on to it for evidence and it was taken away.

    Knee to the chest, punched on the face

    During the incident early this morning, Safwan was allegedly beaten and became unconscious when the police moved in to break up the sit-in.

    According to Syukri, Safwan said he was punched in the face, resulting in a broken lip and took a knee to the chest.


    He adds that there were witnesses who saw the beating.

    He is conscious, but he cant breath properly. If he stands up, he cant breath, he said, adding that Safwan could only manage short conversations in between rests at the Slim River hospital.

    As for himself, Syukri said he was slammed onto a wall before being handcuffed during the melee.

    I asked why was I being handcuffed. There was no answer. They should not handcuff us. We didnt use force, he said.


    To be charged on Jan 20?

    Syukri said that the X-ray does not show any internal injuries on Safwan but his group are not taking any chances and will take him for a second opinion at a private hospital.

    Meanwhile, Surendran said the 17 detainees were released this evening and they have to be present before a magistrate on Jan 20 to face charges.

    He said that they were probed under Section 27 (5) of the Police Act 1974 for illegal assembly.

    In conjunction with New Years Eve, about 60 students participated in the noisy but peaceful sit-in at the entrance of UPSI to demand for academic freedom.

    They were given three warnings to disperse but they refused. The group claims that disproportionate use of force was applied during the arrests.


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    Police say did not beat up undergrads in UPSI demo



    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
    January 01, 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 The police have denied beating up several student activists during a peaceful demonstration at the Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI), saying that there was no scuffle when arrests were made.

    Students and opposition politicians claimed several students involved in the demonstration for academic freedom were allegedly beaten up and arrested early this morning after refusing to heed a police order to disperse.

    Perak Police Chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said that necessary action was taken to uphold public safety, and one of the students had injured himself.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 was quoted by The Star as saying.

    Mohd Shukri said that one student crashed into the glass panel of a nearby clinic during the demonstration 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, said the state police chief.

    He said that only two students Adam Adli Abdul Halim and a female student were from UPSI.

    The other students were apparently from Universiti Selangor (Unisel), International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIA) and the Management and Science University (MSU.)

    Adam, a 21-year UPSI student, has come under attack for purportedly lowering a banner bearing the likeness of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak outside Umnos headquarters in the national capital last month.

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

    PKR and DAP have condemned the police for alleged heavy-handed action in dispersing some 60 undergraduates who held a peaceful sit-down demonstration in support of a fellow student activist and academic freedom at UPSI in Tanjung Malim shortly after midnight.

    The opposition parties claimed the police, including two Special Branch (SB) officers, showed a heavy presence on campus and took violent action against what they said were 100 students, instead of the 60 estimated by lawyer Fadiah Najwa Fikri, when the undergraduates refused to disperse as ordered.

    Up to 17 students were arrested in the 2.30am incident and taken to the Tanjung Malim police station.

    One student, Muhammad Safwan Anang, was allegedly beaten up, punched and kicked until he lost consciousness.

    The president of student reform movement Gerakan Menuntut Kebebasan Akademik (Bebas) is warded at the Slim River Hospital with a broken cheekbone, PKR said in its statement.

    The party claimed he was assaulted by eight policemen and SB officers.

    Tanjung Malim police confirmed to The Malaysian Insider 17 students were arrested in the incident but declined to elaborate further as investigations are still continuing.
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    Tuesday, 03 January 2012 06:35

    Video emerges to show Safwan's moment of terror


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    Even as the police denied that its men had assaulted students at a peaceful gathering calling for the repeal of the Universities and University Colleges Act on January 1, a video clip has emerged on YouTube showing a student leader floored and surrounded.

    The 54-second clip shows a protester, which the sender identified Safwan Anang Talib, the deputy president of Pan-Malaysian Coalition of Islamic Undergraduates (GAMIS) who suffered serious injuries on his head and a broken rib.

    Alongside other students, Safwan was said to be kicked and stomped by several policemen, resulting in his rib and several of his teeth broken. One eyewitness had said that eight police officers took turns to assault Safwan.

    Safwan, who also heads the Movement to Reclaim Academic Freedom (BEBAS), a students coalition formed to oppose the UUCA, also suffered injuries on his head and was rushed to the Slim River Hospital.

    Perak police chief Mohd Shukri Dahlan yesterday said the allegations of police brutality were untrue. However, Shukri's denial had more to do with the type of police personnel who were at the scene, saying there were no Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) at the protest.

    "During the gathering, there was no FRU personnel on duty but only policemen from the Tanjung Malim Police Contingent Headquarters," he said.

    He also said Safwan and another student injured in the incident, Amar Rasyidi, had been hurt due to the stampede caused by students.

    Some 100 police personnel had moved in to violently disperse the gathering held at the Sultan Idris Teaching University in Tanjung Malim on New Year's eve. The incident was met with outrage from political leaders and student bodies.

    The National Association of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM) had described the crackdown as reflecting the vast powers accorded to the police under the controversially-passed Peaceful Assembly Act.

    -Harakahdaily


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