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Friday, August 28, 2015

Rally may turn violent - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The police are ready to deal with any troublemakers to preserve public order during this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally, which has been deemed illegal by the authorities.

City police chief Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa warned that instigators of violence and those who commit any act of violence would face the full brunt of the law.

“Let me be very clear. Don’t go overboard or resort to violence.

“We will not tolerate instigators who inflame situations and make it worse. They will be dealt with sternly,” he said.

Comm Tajuddin said although police had advised people not to join the rally as it was illegal, there would be adequate police presence to ensure no untoward incidents occur.

He said police would not set up roadblocks or impose other measures to prevent people from heading into the city centre.

“Our main priority is the safety and security of everyone,” he said.

Asked if tear gas or water cannons would be used at the Bersih 4 rally, Comm Tajuddin said: “We hope that it will not come to that.

“It will be as a last resort if public order is jeopardised or if the situation warrants it.”

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said the organisers had yet to obtain permission from the owners of the venues, as needed under Section 11 of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.

He said Section 17(2)(a) of the PAA also stipulated that two gatherings or celebrations could not be held simultaneously at the same location, adding that rehearsals for the Merdeka celebrations were being held at Dataran Merdeka.

He reminded participants that bringing children to the illegal rally was also an offence as it contravened Section 20(1)(c) of the PAA.

Read on in The Star HERE

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