KUALA LUMPUR, June 4: Pakatan Rakyat top brass joined tens of thousands of people today in a protest march to the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur condemning the Israeli attack on ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31.
The protest began with a gathering after Friday prayers outside the Kampung Baru mosque and surrounding areas.
Right: Crowd at Kampung Baru preparing to march to Jalan Tun Razak
At around 3pm, the crowd, numbering more than 10,000, reached the US embassy at Jalan Tun Razak, with some holding portraits of the Iranian and Turkish leaders.
They were led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa, as well as several Pakatan Rakyat MPs and NGO leaders.
The police, who earlier earned condemnation for saying that the gathering was 'illegal', did not attempt to stop the huge crowd, with traffic officers seen controlling the lunchtime traffic.
However, a cordon was formed to prevent the swelling crowd from pouring into the embassy premises.
Left: A section of the crowd in front of the US embassy
Later the police allowed Anwar, Nasharuddin and Kit Siang, PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali and vice president Azmin Ali to enter the embassy compound to hand over a protest memorandum to the US government. They were seen leaving the embassy half an hour later, after meeting the US ambasador.
Read full text of memorandum here.
Earlier, PAS Youth, which has been instrumental in organising the protest, called on UMNO Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin to join the protest.
Instead, the latter stayed away from the huge crowd, and held a gathering of about 200 UMNO members at the National Mosque