Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin criticised today the Red Shirt movement’s supporters for allegedly assaulting a Bersih activist.
Astro Awani reported Khairy as saying in a press conference that democracy does not allow the use of violence and physical aggression to express one’s views.
“I saw the video yesterday, where a group of Red Shirts attacked the Bersih activist by kicking him and using physical force. We can’t accept this. Whoever’s involved, we must criticise violent acts,” Khairy was quoted as saying.
“We must accept the expression of various stands in a democracy. However, not to the point of violence that can threaten the safety of the individuals involved,” he added.
Khairy, who is also youth and sports minister, reportedly urged the police to take action.
The Sun reported today Selangor police chief Datuk Abu Samah Mat as saying that three Red Shirts have been detained for rioting after a Bersih supporter lodged a police report.
Bersih 2.0 is touring the country ahead of the Bersih 5 rally on November 19, but the Red Shirts have tried to disrupt the polls reform group’s convoy in several locations.
Bersih 2.0 accused the Red Shirts, led by Sungai Besar Umno division leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, of causing serious injuries to a Bersih supporter, who was allegedly pulled off his motorbike, kicked and punched.
The Red Shirts allegedly assaulted two Bersih supporters on motorcycles and threw eggs at them in Sabak Bernam, Selangor.
The Malay Mail Online