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Bersih insists presence of Red Shirts will trigger trouble

An incident during Bersih 3. Will there be a repeat on Saturday with Bersih 5?

An incident during Bersih 3. Will there be a repeat on Saturday with Bersih 5?

KUALA LUMPUR – Nov 16, 2016: The leadership of Bersih 5.0 insists that the rival Red Shirts movement should not turn up and disrupt their rally planned for Saturday.

According to Maria Chin Abdullah, chairperson of Coalition of Clean and Fair Election, was adamant when speaking to The Mole today that the safety of Bersih participants could only be affected by the presence of the Red Shirts.

“If they come peacefully and do not interrupt our rally, I think everything will run smoothly. We have proven to Malaysians that we can actually gather peacefully, like during Bersih 4.0.

“If they misbehave, then they would be the one to cause chaos and violence. But, my advice to the Red Shirts is not to turn up. Don’t come and cause trouble,” she stated.

Maria also wants the police to act against the Red Shirts if the rally turns violent.

She claimed to have prepared 1,400 security personnel and 140 medical staff that include doctors, nurses and paramedics to be on standby.

Bersih apparently also has an urgent arrest team consisting of lawyers to provide legal assistance on Saturday.

“We have international observers to monitor the rally and the international to document the whole event. On our part, we have our logistics team, volunteers and programme managing team, so we are very well-prepared and protected,” she said.

According to Bersih, its fifth rally is to protest against issues linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad, while calling for institutional reforms and clean election.

Despite the government’s decision against it, the organisers declare that it will be held as planned.

The Mole was unsuccessful in attempts to get a responses from Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos.

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