Bersih: Red-shirts welcome to ‘Tangkap’ rally, but be peaceful

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Source: The Star Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah - pic taken from The Star Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah – pic taken from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Bersih says it has no problem facing the “red-shirts” group during the #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 rally on Saturday, as long as it remains peaceful.

“If the red shirts do come, they can turn up, but do it in a peaceful manner … Respect peaceful assembly,” said Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (pic).

She said Bersih 4, which was held in August last year, demonstrated that a large-scale rally could be held peacefully, without any violence or untoward incident.

“Everyone has the right of expression, but peacefully. We have already done it before, so it should be the norm from now on,” she said.

Bersih has indicated that it will take part in the Aug 27 “Tangkap” rally, which is being organised by several youth groups to pressure the authorities to arrest and charge the “Malaysian Official 1” named in the US Justice Department’s civil suits in relation to 1Malaysia Development Bhd funds.

The rally is being held at two meeting points, Sogo KL and Masjid Negara, and the participants plan to march to Dataran Merdeka at 2pm.

The red-shirt group led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos had indicated that they may hold a counter-rally against “Tangkap” on the same day and at the same location.