SHAH ALAM: A riot erupted at the venue of Nothing To Hide 2.0 event featuring Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, here this evening.
The incident started about 5.30pm saw a flare thrown towards the stage, followed by water bottles and chairs, before a mob started chasing after several people to a parking area opposite Dewan Raja Muda Musa at Selangor Youth and Culture Complex where the event was held.
The commotion inside the hall also saw another flare tossed towards a section where media members were seated.
It happened shortly after an audience asked the former premier about Memali incident in Kedah in 1985, and whether Dr Mahathir took responsibility of the incident which saw 18 including four policemen killed.
Dr. Mahathir however did not get the chance to answer the question when provocation started as he was about to speak.
He was then escorted out to safety, together with his wife Tun Dr. Siti Asmah Mohd Ali and other Pakatan Harapan leaders. They are believed to have been taken to their cars.
The New Straits Times reporters who were there saw several members of the audience, including those wearing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Armada youth wing’s t-shirts, assaulted at the parking area.
A group also started venting their anger towards members of the press for taking their pictures, and shoved several photographers. It is learnt that several reporters including a female reporter were also kicked by unidentified assailants.
The incident continued for about half an hour, where a mob also chased after a man back into the hall and started beating him up, before a group of men believed to be security personnel for the event took the man away and shielded him from the mob.
Source: NST Online