Police have arrested three supporters of the Red Shirt movement for rioting after a Bersih 2.0 supporter lodged a police report over his alleged assault.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abu Samah Mat told The Sun today that the three suspects were detained by Sabak Bernam police under Section 147 of the Penal Code that punishes rioting with two years’ imprisonment or a fine.
“Although we have arrested three men, we are still in the midst of viewing the video to ascertain those behind the assault,” Abu Samah was quoted as saying, referring to a video of the assault on the Bersih 2.0 supporter that went viral.
He also reportedly said the police would take a “zero tolerance” stance against violent behaviour and provocateurs.
“We will initiate the necessary action on whoever incites violence. Unfortunately, at these rallies and gatherings where one side is in direct conflict with another, we anticipate these things to happen, but as police, we will act if there is any wrongdoing,” Abu Samah was quoted as saying.
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