Lawyers, activists arrested: Innocent victims of a brutal state

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Aliran deplores the thoughtless and
mindless reaction of the state against any democratic expression of
our constitutional rights to exert our freedom. We are appalled that
even a small gathering of marchers to a nearby destination in an
orderly manner without obstructing the traffic or causing any chaos
to the public cannot be allowed or tolerated by this oppressive
regime.


 
If this little act of a democratic
principle cannot be exercised in a responsible manner, can we pretend
to be a democratic country any longer? This state abuse of our
fundamental rights shames the country and condemns the leaders as
hypocrites.

Aliran calls upon the government to
immediately and unconditionally release all those brave Malaysians
who have been unjustifiably detained. In the eyes of the ordinary
Malaysians, they are innocent victims of a brutal state that does not
respect the principles of democracy.

P Ramakrishnan

President

9 December 2007

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