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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Police chief warns of 'sterner actions' against rallies



Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today warned all rally organisers to abide by requirements under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 or face the music.
"This cannot go on... From now we will take sterner actions against them, including the ones burning candles at Dataran Merdeka.
"Don't think you just gather to burn candles so you do not need to give notice," Khalid said in reference to the nightly vigils held at Dataran Merdeka to call for Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah's release from detention.
On whether the police would take action against the 'Bersih 7' convoy that is being organised by red-shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos, Khalid replied: "For sure, if their activities go against the law".
Khalid told a press conference at KLIA today that the police had for too long exercised restraint when dealing with illegal assemblies.

Maria's supporters has pledged to hold nightly vigils until her release.
"Just watch out if they still want to do it. Dare to do it, dare to face the consequences," he warned.
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasma Mohd Ali had joined hundreds of Maria's supporters during the first vigil on Monday night.
Last night, the number of supporters grew to some 1,000 people and Kuala Lumpur City Hall have since issued a notice preventing that Dataran Merdeka would be closed from 5pm until 7am every day from Nov 22 until Nov 29.- Mkini

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