Bersih calls off street rally and accepts stadium offer
KUALA LUMPUR: The organisers of the Bersih 2.0 rally have called off the street demonstration planned for this Saturday.
The rally will be held in a stadium instead, said Bersih steering committee chairman Datuk S. Ambiga yesterday.
“We have accepted the Government's offer to hold the rally in a stadium and we will work with them now (in regards to the choice of stadium).
“The rally on the street will not take place,” she said after having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara earlier.
She was accompanied by Bersih steering committee member Zaid Kamaruddin and national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said.
Ambiga described her brief audience with Tuanku Mizan as “a wonderful meeting and we were most grateful to the King”.
On Sunday, Tuanku Mizan made known his thoughts on the rally, saying that street demonstrations would bring more bad than good to the country.
Ambiga agreed that the move to hold the rally in a stadium was the best compromise in light of the King's advice.
“Under the circumstances, this is the best way we can do that,” she added.
On details of the stadium rally, Ambiga declined to elaborate, adding that more information would be released soon.
Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah asked police to release all those arrested under the Emergency Ordinance for supporting the rally.
She added that police should stop arresting and harassing the supporters since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had offered a stadium for the rally to be held.
Taken from The Star
The first question is that if the participants in the Bersih rally this Saturday is not looking for trouble, why did the police found Molotov cocktails, firecracker balls, ball-bearings and sharp weapons as well as face masks, Bersih T-shirts and yellow and red-coloured bandannas?
A peaceful demonstration surely does not need home made bombs or cleaver in which could be used as weapons to hurt others in Perkasa or Patriot or even the police or the military personnel.
This proves that the participants or the organisers had beforehand planned to create chaos in the country by bringing weapons to hurt others in the illegal rally.
Surely if they started to throw the Molotov cocktails, firecracker balls and ball-bearings at the police or the military personnel, they have a right to defend themselves and stop the mob from their hooliganism.
If they want to act like hooligans, then they should be treated like hooligans and should be beaten up real good to give them a lesson for breaking the law of the country.