Updates: 4.30pm - The five lawyers have been released.
The five lawyers arrested for representing the protestors is certainly a case of over-reaction by the police. Surely as lawyers, they have a right to represent their clients. Let the court decide whether their clients have taken part in a wrongful assembly.
The police may have arrested the protestors yesterday but it is not for the cops to decide on their guilt or innocence. Arresting their lawyers is certainly incredulous, even outrageous. What were the cops at Brickfields police station thinking when they decided to arrest the five lawyers?
It is not only shocking but a clear transgression of the rule of law. Turning up at the police station is not exactly shouting protests in the streets. They could have been wearing black suits but not in black T-shirts. Every person arrested by the police must be have the right to legal representation.
What signals are the police sending when they arrest these lawyers? This is totally unbecoming of the police there and the Inspector General of Police should ask for a report from them. They should be reprimanded and even action taken against them for their abuse of power.
Lawyers should not be given the impression that they risk arrest if they represent dissenters. They deserve the right to be defended and certainly what has happened today is utterly shameful. This is not a police state and certainly it would not be tolerated by any rational thinking person.There is no need for the cops to over-react.