Cops nab 4 Red Shirt sup­port­ers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Po­lice have ar­rested four Red Shirt move­ment sup­port­ers in­volved in mi­nor of­fences dur­ing the group’s march to­wards on­line por­tal, Malaysi­akini’s of­fice on Satur­day.

Se­lan­gor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ah­mad said the four sus­pects com­pris­ing two men and women were later re­leased on bail af­ter their state­ments were recorded.

Fadzil said they were ar­rested for vi­o­la­tions un­der Sec­tion 14 of the Mi­nor Of­fences Act 1955.

He said more pro­test­ers would be called up for ques­tion­ing.

About 400 Red Shirt par­tic­i­pants turned up for the group’s march to the on­line por­tal’s of­fice.

Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos had ini­tially es­ti­mated 20,000 pro­test­ers would take part.

Jamal said he did not want to bring a lot of Red Shirt par­tic­i­pants to the protest be­cause the on­line por­tal’s build­ing would def­i­nitely be brought down if they had at­tended.

Dur­ing the gath­er­ing, the po­lice in­clud­ing Light Strike Force (LSF) per­son­nel were seen hold­ing back the Red Shirt pro­test­ers about 50m from the en­trance of Malaysi­akini’s of­fice and at least two wa­ter bot­tles were thrown at the po­lice.

Jamal called for the clo­sure of the on­line por­tal, al­leg­ing that the lat­ter had ad­mit­ted to re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from a for­eign party.

He said they were there to protest against the fund­ing al­legedly re­ceived by Malaysi­akini from Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion, a grant-mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion run by bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros. – by Ash­win Ku­mar

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