PUTRAJAYA, Oct 29 – More than 1,000 supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim continued to gather in front of the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya ahead of the second day of his final appeal against his sodomy conviction. They marched from the Putrajaya mosque, arriving at the court complex around 8.40am with shouts of “Reformasi”, “Bebas Anwar” and “Rakyat Hakim Negara”.
Activists Hishammuddin Rais and Adam Adli were seen marching together with the crowd to stand in solidarity with the opposition leader, who is facing a five-year sentence if the Federal court upholds the Court of Appeal’s decision. The group, armed with placards of “Bebas Anwar”, among others, joined some 50 supporters who were already gathered at the complex.
Police presence was still heavy at the courthouse, which has been cordoned off until the road in front of it. The crowd today was bigger and more boisterous than yesterday’s, even as they wait for Anwar’s arrival at the courthouse. PKR vice-president Tian Chua then addressed the crowd, reminding Putrajaya that the people would not keep quiet if injustice and oppression continued.
“We have to show the people’s power,” the Batu MP said.“We only stand under the sun for a little while here but Anwar will have to give up his comfort to continue with the struggle.”
He also called on the police to take down the barricades around the court complex and allow the people to gather in front of the PoJ. Anwar arrived shortly later and he and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail pushed their way through the crowd to shouts of “reformasi”. “Reformasi” was the battle cry of street protesters who rallied for Anwar in 1998, after he was sacked from the Cabinet. Other Pakatan Rakyat leaders seen in the crowd were Bukit Lanjan assembly member Elizabeth Wong and Selangor exco member Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.