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A little force had to be used to disperse rowdy red shirt rally goers, says police

KUALA LUMPUR — The police said they had to use “a little force” when its riot control unit, the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), was deployed to disperse a rowdy crowd at the ‘red shirt’ rally with water cannons. Police commercial crime and intelligence deputy director senior assistant commissioner Roslan Abdul Rahid said three policemen were also slightly injured in the incident. He said the police had to prevent the rally-goers from entering Jalan Petaling as the permit issued to the rally did not allow it to enter the street.

A little force had to be used to disperse rowdy red shirt rally goers, says police

The police says they had to use 'a little force' when its riot control unit, the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), was deployed to disperse a rowdy crowd at the 'red shirt' rally with water cannons. Photo: The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR — The police said they had to use “a little force” when its riot control unit, the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), was deployed to disperse a rowdy crowd at the ‘red shirt’ rally with water cannons. Police commercial crime and intelligence deputy director senior assistant commissioner Roslan Abdul Rahid said three policemen were also slightly injured in the incident. He said the police had to prevent the rally-goers from entering Jalan Petaling as the permit issued to the rally did not allow it to enter the street.

“But they forced their way in and passed the first barricade, and then the second barricade. The group that came had only about 150 people, but their numbers increased to 1,000.

“The area was not part of the permitted location. We came in because we realised they were not going to cooperate,” he told reporters, relating the incident earlier this afternoon.

Mr Roslan said the police tried reasoning with them. He said there were five to six groups of people who had no leader or control, and when the FRU arrived at the scene, the police still tried to keep the peace and prevent any violence.

“I spoke to them and said the police will help them get to (the venue of the rally) Padang Merbok. I told them there was only the police in Jalan Petaling.

“They said they wanted to rest for 10 minutes and some 20 minutes later, they said they would be going off to Padang Merbok. But there was a small group that refused and wanted to get in (to Jalan Petaling).

“We took three of them in, just to show them (there was nobody in Petaling Street), but when they were leaving, others wanted to get in. If I continued with it, until tomorrow we still would not be done,” he said.

Mr Roslan said the group began pushing until some officers were injured, causing the police to push them back.

“After that, some of them began throwing stones, which injured some of their friends. This caused them to become rowdy and throw traffic cones.

“So we had to use a little force to disperse them. We also called Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos. He came and cooled the situation,” he said.

The FRU had to turn on the water cannon to cool tempers and make a few arrests because the crowd was insistent on being allowed into Chinatown.

The police had earlier declared that Petaling Street, popularly known as Chinatown, was out of bounds to the rally goers. Businesses there were all closed yesterday. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

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