Malaysian NGOs to stage street protest over MH17 Spokesperson for 'MH17 Justice Gathering' calls on all Malaysians to join in demo for justice for 298 on board who died in 'mass killing.'

KUALA LUMPUR (AA) – Aggrieved by the apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, more than 80 Malaysian non-governmental associations say they will hold a street protest in the capital on Tuesday.

An unnamed spokesperson for the “MH17 Justice Gathering” called Monday on all Malaysians to join in the demonstration to demand justice for the death of the 298 on board the plane in what it called a “mass killing.”

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight MH17 from Amsterdam was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, launched from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of eastern Ukraine.

On Sunday night, the country’s prime minister urged Malaysians to stand with their fellow citizens and show that such a heinous crime is not acceptable.

“We demand, without pointing any fingers before getting concrete proof, that the international community take action against whoever did this,” Najib Razak said.

The spokesperson for the gathering on Monday called the perpetrator of “the unprecedented killing of innocent citizens” to be “brought to justice.”

“This is the time for all Malaysians to be united and voice our solidarity and loyalty to our country,” he said.

The statement was in the Malay language, but included the word for he – Azman – and included a footnote saying that the spokesperson did not wish to be named for fear of alleged harassment by unwanted parties to stop the protest.

“This is beyond our political beliefs,” said the spokesperson. “This is for our brothers and sisters and the innocent lives aboard MH17.”

The group also urged the United Nations Security Council to make a clear stand on the issue, and explain how they are planning to address and solve the situation.

The gathering is slated to begin at 3.30 p.m. local time (8.30 a.m. GMT) in Kuala Lumpur in front of the Lembaga Tabung Haji – the Malaysian board for funding hajj pilgrimages – headquarters, before marching to Embassy of Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed Thursday afternoon close to Ukraine’s border with Russia with 298 people – 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers – on board.

Tensions on the border have risen dramatically since Ukrainian forces ousted separatists from its eastern city of Sloviansk. Russia has shifted more troops towards the area and two weeks ago a Russian civilian was killed by shellfire Moscow claimed came from Ukraine forces.

The airline has confirmed 43 of the victims’ nationalities as Malaysian (including 15 crew), 27 as Australian, 12 as Indonesian. It said the flight also included 10 British people (including one with dual South African nationality), four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines, and one each from Canada and New Zealand.

There are no reports of any survivors.

Since the plane came down, Ukraine and Russia have exchanged accusations as to who was responsible.

 

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