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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

IGP: Burning candles at night also requires notice

Police warn Bersih and Red Shirts supporters to cease any illegal gatherings, warning again of “stern action”.
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SEPANG: Bersih 2.0 and Red Shirts movement supporters have been reminded not to organise any rallies that go against the laws of the country if they do not want to face stern action from the police.
“We (police) have been very patient with these illegal rallies. Some groups will provoke, so when will this end? This can’t go on.
“From now onwards, we will take action against any rallies that go against the laws of the country, including the group burning candles at Dataran Merdeka,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said at a press conference at the VIP room of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today.
He said this in reference to Bersih supporters who have been participating in a candlelight vigil urging for the release of Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and Red Shirts’ leader Jamal Md Yunos’ call to hold Bersih 7.
Maria is currently in police detention and is being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
Meanwhile, Jamal, upon his release after being remanded for four days, announced he would mobilise Bersih 7 to save Selangor from its current administration.
Commenting further, Khalid said the vigil at Dataran Merdeka, which started Monday night, required the organisers to submit a notice to the police under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA).
“Don’t think that burning candles at night requires no notice. Don’t try to challenge us. When we take action, they will scream.
“But until when are we going to allow people to break the law? I have said this before: you reap what you sow.”
On Monday, hundreds gathered at Dataran Merdeka to join the vigil, with Bersih 2.0’s (west coast) deputy chairman Jay Jay Dennis saying they would hold the vigil every night until Maria is freed, regardless of whether the authorities allow it or not.

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