Strong police presence as Red Shirts protest at Malaysiakini

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Source: The Star Online

Police maintaining watch outside the Malaysiakini office where Red Shirts supporters had gathered to protest. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Police maintaining watch outside the Malaysiakini office where Red Shirts supporters had gathered to protest. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: There is a strong police presence outside the Malaysiakini office off Jalan Tandang where Red Shirts have gathered to protest.

Police were seen on standby in and around the area before protesters began turning up at 1.30pm, Saturday.

The crowd built up significantly at 2pm, with more Red Shirts arriving.

Red Shirts supporters gathering to protest against Malaysiakini outside the Malaysiakini office. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Red Shirts supporters gathering to protest against Malaysiakini outside the Malaysiakini office. Pic taken from The Star Online.

The Red Shirts had gathered outside Malaysiakini’s office on Thursday, with leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos demanding an explanation by noon Saturday on reports that the news portal receives funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) founded by American hedge fund billionaire George Soros.

“Otherwise, we will have a huge protest here and we will ensure that a part of this building will fall,” Jamal had said, adding that everyone was free to interpret the statement.

Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan and chief executive officer Premesh Chandran denied that the funding was provided with the aim of toppling the Government.

On Friday, the news portal’s representatives lodged a police report over the threat by Jamal to hold a second protest outside its office.

 

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