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Malaysian police on Wednesday formed a special team to investigate an illegal gathering that disrupted the New Year’s Eve celebration at Merdeka Square.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police on Wednesday formed a special team to investigate an illegal gathering that disrupted the New Year’s Eve celebration at Merdeka Square.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh said eight police reports had been lodged over the gathering. He said reports included the discovery of four machetes and three Rambo knives which were found hidden in an umbrella behind the Daya Bumi Complex.
Mohmad said a report was also lodged on a police officer who was injured on the head and lips when hurled with canned drinks by protesters while on duty at Bukit Bintang.
"We put this investigation as a priority because this is the most important case. Give us a week," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters on Wednesday.
"We will investigate because they have disrupted public order during the New Year’s Eve celebration.
"Based on police observation, there were about 25,000 at Merdeka Square last night, including those who came to celebrate the New Year," he added.
The New Year's Eve concert at Merdeka Square had to be called off about 30 minutes before the countdown on Tuesday when protesters broke through the police cordon to seize the stage.
The rally was held to protest against increases in petrol and other prices.
Wearing black T-shirts and Guy Fawkes masks -- a symbol of anti-establishment defiance worldwide -- the protestors carried posters that read "Drop prices" and "Defending our rights" and chanted "Long live the people".
The protest ended peacefully shortly after midnight.
On quarters responsible for staging the illegal gathering, Mohmad said he did not rule out the possibility of four non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which had been named by the police earlier.
Police had named four NGOs as organisers of the event, namely Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (TURUN), Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), Jingga 13 and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM).
No arrest has been made so far, he added.