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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Red-shirts offer security services to Bersih if...



The red-shirts today offered security and crowd control services for the Bersih 5 rally if the electoral watchdog is ready to change the location to an indoor stadium.
Its leader and Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunus said the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19 should be held at the Shah Alam Stadium, because it comes under the purview of the PKR-led Selangor government.
The red-shirts can provide 2,000 volunteers to help with security, Jamal told reporters after meeting with Dang Wangi district police chief Zainol Samah today.
The two-hour meeting was on the red-shirts' plan to hold a counter-rally against Bersih 5 on the same day.
The Bersih 5 rally will see demonstrators marching from Jalan Bangsar to the Dataran Merdeka area, but Bersih said it will stay clear of the historical site to respect the Kuala Lumpur City Hall's wishes.
Jamal said the red-shirts are prepared to face Bersih 5, wherever the rally will be held.
"We are mentally and physically ready to face Bersih 5. We are ready to have our legs, hands and heads shackled. It's not a problem," he said.

The red-shirts has twice held silat demonstrations as a show of force at its rallies.
At the rally against Malaysiakini near the news website's office in Petaling Jaya last Saturday, the protesters smashed planks and bricks on their bodies in a martial arts display.
Earlier today, the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said counter-demonstrations are not protected under the right to peaceful assembly, if the intention is to intimidate others from gathering.- Mkini

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