Group urges action after 'thugs' attack women in KL event
A video posted on Facebook shows several men accusing the Women's Day event of promoting 'LGBT' lifestyle and undermining the family institution.
WAO says its members were attacked after an event in Kuala Lumpur to mark Womenâs Day.
PETALING JAYA: A womenâs rights group said their members were attacked by several men after a peaceful march in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to mark International Womenâs Day.
Womenâs Aid Organisation (WAO) said four men had chased their staff and volunteers at Jalan Dang Wangi in the city centre, before snatching away placards and destroying them.
âWe condemn this cowardly thuggery,â WAO spokesman Ren Chung said in a statement.
A man in a Facebook video defending his menâs action to take away placards from participants of the Womenâs Day event in KL.
âWomenâs democratic and constitutional rights must not be diminished by gender-based harassment and intimidation.â
He added that a police report was lodged, and urged authorities to take immediate action against the assailants.
âOur staff and volunteers work tirelessly everyday to support domestic violence survivors and advocate for gender equality. When confronted with aggression, they reacted calmly and peacefully.â
Meanwhile, a video of WAOâs event near the Sogo shopping complex was posted on Facebook early today, accompanied with a message accusing participants of promoting âdeviant ideologyâ and attempting to destroy âthe family institution in Malaysiaâ.
A s tatement by one Baha Taha, who described himself as a âtechnocrat committed as an UMNOan and as Malaysianâ, said his group had lodged a police report against organisers of the event, and admitted taking away placards from participants âas proof that AWAS [sic] dan Bersih are in clear violation of the Peaceful Assembly Actâ.
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