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Concert aborted due to unruly protestors

Published on: Thursday, January 02, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: The New Year's eve concert at the Merdeka Square had to be called off about 30 minutes before the countdown as protesters broke through the police cordon to seize the stage.

More than 10,000 revellers at the concert organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) were apparently devastated over the incident.

The protesters came from all directions and gathered in front of the stage, screaming "reformasi" (reform) and "turun" (down).

As of 11pm, the police estimated about 4,000 participants of an unlawful assembly, comprising mostly youths in black T-shirts, gathered around the Merdeka Square. They trotted in since 7pm.

The concert, which started at 8.30pm went on smoothly until the protesters broke through the police barricade and headed for the stage, causing the concert to be called off at 11.30pm.

Datuk Bandar Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal went up to the stage and told the 'overthrow government' protestors to calm down and behave themselves.

Instead, they heckled him and continued shouting 'reformasi' and 'turun' and threw water bottles at the stage, hitting members of the media covering the event.