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Monday, June 11, 2012
Four times of Tear Gas Shells than that were used at Bersih 2.0
Bersih 3.0 Rally was a Peaceful Assembly by
participants who only "armed" themselves with salts and water. But it
was regretful that the big volumes of weapons that were prepared would mean
that BN government was prepared for something. It was a lot of money spent by
the police which was absolutely a waste of public funds. But until today the
government and the police still denied about police brutality. Nevertheless,
the news was known worldwide. Even United Nations has warned the Malaysian
967 tear gas canisters, grenades fired at Bersih protestors
By Shannon Teoh
June 11, 2012
File photo of police firing tear gas to disperse the protestors at the April 28 Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — A total
of 909 tear gas canisters and 58 tear gas grenades were used to disperse the
tens of thousands who gathered for the April 28 Bersih rally here which has
resulted in repeated allegations of police brutality.
The Home Ministry also said in
its reply to a parliamentary question by Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan that the
government spent RM1.8 million to police the rally for free and fair elections.
The number of tear gas shells
fired was nearly four times the 262 used in the previous Bersih rally on July
9, 2011 which resulted in international condemnation for Putrajaya’s clampdown
on the electoral reform movement.
But the ministry insisted in a
reply to a separate question by the DAP lawmaker that “police acted according
to standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent the situation from becoming
more violent and threatening public safety.”
“Police had to act swiftly to
ensure the situation was under control,” it said, despite violent clashes
between police and protestors lasting for over four hours.
The government has set up a
panel to investigate the April 28 violence, but the choice of former national
police chief Tun Hanif Omar has been widely criticised after he compared the
movement to communism and accused the organisers of an attempted coup.
The rally that saw tens of
thousands gather at six different locations in the capital city before heading
to the historic Dataran Merdeka was peaceful until about 2.30pm when Bersih
chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan asked the crowd to disperse.
But her announcement was not
heard by most of the crowd who persisted to linger around the historic square
which the court had already barred to the public over the weekend.
Just before 3pm, some
protestors breached the barricade surrounding the landmark, leading police to
disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.
Police then continued to pursue
rally-goers down several streets amid chaotic scenes which saw violence from
both sides over the next four hours.
Several dozen demonstrators
have claimed that they were assaulted by groups of over 10 policemen at a time
and visual evidence appears to back their claim but police also point to
violence from rally-goers who attacked a police car.
The police car then crashed into a building before some protestors
flipped it on its side.