Tuesday, May 1, 2012
'Water cannon least hurtful way to disperse crowd'
The use of chemically-laced water at demonstrations is the “least hurtful” means of crowd control, say the police, claiming that it is a method certified by experts and used the world over.
“The use of water-cannon is the least hurtful way to disperse the crowd,” inspector-general of police Ismail Omar said in a speech during a meet-and-greet session with top media editors in Bukit Aman this morning.
Such a riot suppression technique, he said is not only in used by the Malaysian police but also by their counterparts overseas and has been certified by experts in the field.
Additionally, he related that the anti-riot Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) showed restraint prior to deploying their water-cannons at protesters last Saturday.
“They only utilised the water-cannons after the crowd had advanced 200 metres.”
The IGP’s statement follows that of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting last Sunday night, saying that the use of tear gas and water-cannons against the crowd is not harmful to health.
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