Red-shirt rally: Cops to go all out to maintain order

Red-shirt rally: Cops to go all out to maintain order
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KUALA LUMPUR - Police will facilitate the Pesaka rally tomorrow after the organiser obtained permission from City Hall to use Padang Merbok.

Saying that police would never agree with street demonstrations, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the organiser had fulfilled the requirement under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) in getting the permission of the venue owner.

"We have never and will never agree with street protests. However, we will facilitate the rally as the organisers have fulfilled the requirements," he told a press conference here yesterday.

He said police would take all measures to maintain public order.

Asked whether the protesters would be allowed to march in the city, including Bukit Bintang, Khalid said the PAA does not prohibit people from marching.

"Police will ensure they march in a very disciplined manner.

"We will be there to ensure that no untoward incident occurs," he said.

He also reminded the public not to believe hate messages that have been spread for the past few days.

"Messages such as asking the Chinese not to come out are pure nonsense.

"It is deliberately done to incite fear. We are capable of ensuring the safety of everyone," he said.

Khalid said the organiser would be accountable if any act of violence of chaos occurred during the rally.

"I am also asking the participants to keep to their word that it is going to be a peaceful rally.

"We will also monitor the speeches during the rally. We will take action if there are seditious elements," he said.

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