Heavy police presence failed to thwart pro-Bersih rally

Heavy police presence fails to thwart pro-Bersih rally at PAS state headquarters in Kepala Batas last night.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Despite heavy police presence, a Pakatan Rakyat’s pro-Bersih rally went on without a hitch the at PAS state headquarters in Pongsu Seribu, Kepala Batas last night.

About 200 police personnel, including a small Light Strike Force unit, arrived in trucks, jeeps and other vehicles soon after the rally began at 10am.

Many youths among the 2,000 crowd, quickly shut down the entrance gates to the venue and formed a human shield to block any attempts by the law enforcers to barge through.

Seeing the determined crowd, police personnel did not take any drastic action and merely lined up and stood guard outside and the rally went on without any incident for two hours.

Last night’s rally, which was held without a permit, was to substitute a banned rally scheduled to be held in Seberang Jaya expo site.

The police obtained a court on Tuesday to stop two state-sponsored Bersih rallies in Seberang Jaya and Sungai Nibong.

Former state exco Toh Kin Woon, Bukit Tengah assemblyman Ong Chin Wen, state PAS youth wing Mohd Yusin Mat Piah and PKR Batu Kawan division information chief Amizudin Ahmat spoke out in support of the planned Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur on July 9.

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