Polis sedang menyiasat penganjur perhimpunan Janji Demokrasi di kawasan Dataran Merdeka di Kuala Lumpur malam tadi yang menarik kira-kira 10,000 orang.
Mengesahkan perkara itu, Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur jenayah siasatan Datuk Ku Chin Wah berkata siasatan itu dibuat di bawah Akta Perhimpunan Aman 2012.
Dalam mesej teks kepada Malaysiakini, beliau berkata, pihak polis akan terus menyiasat mereka di bawah Akta tersebut.
Malam tadi, Ketua Polis Daerah Dang Wangi ACP Zainuddin Ahmad berkata polis akan "menyiasat kemudian" sama ada pengerusi bersama BERSIH, Datuk A Samad Said telah melanggar undang-undang dengan membaca sajak.
Pak Samad yang merupakan Sasterawan Negara, membaca sajaknya 'Janji Demokras' di dataran di luar ibupejabat Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur yang terletak kurang 500 meter dari Dataran Merdeka.
Walaupun telah mengisytiharkan perhimpunan itu haram di saat-saat akhir, tetapi tiada tangkapan terhadap ribuan orang ramai yang membanjiri kawasan itu dengan berpakaian kuning pada malam ambang Hari Kebangsaan.
Bagaimanapun, polis menahan dua orang yang didakwa membakar mercun.- malaysiakini
Police probing Janji Demokrasi organisers...
Police are investigating the organisers of the Janji Demokrasi rally at the Dataran Merdeka area in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that attracted about 10,000 people.
Confirming this, Kuala Lumpur criminal investigations department chief Ku Chin Wah said the probe is under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
"We will continue to investigate them under the Act," he said in a text message to Malaysiakini.
Last night, Dang Wangi OCPD Zainuddin Ahmad said police would "investigate later" if Bersih's co-chairperson A Samad Said had broken the law by reciting a poem.
Samad (centre in photo), a national laureate, recited his poem 'Janji Demokrasi' last night at the square outside the Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters less than 500 metres from Dataran Merdeka.
No mass arrests
Despite declaring the rally illegal at the last minute, mass arrests did not take place on the thousands who thronged the area in yellow shirts on the eve of National Day.
However, police detained two people who were allegedly caught lighting fireworks.
At 2.15pm yesterday, Janji Demokrasi organising committee member Maria Chin Abdullah received a letter from the police informing her that the rally was declared illegal.
The letter cited the organisers’ failure to give police advance notice of the rally and failure to obtain permission from the venue owner, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as the reasons.
The two conditions are required under Section 9(1) and Section 11 of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 respectively.
The rally was meant to remind the government of unfulfilled promises for clean and fair elections.
Its name plays on the government's official theme for the national day celebrations, ‘Janji Ditepati' (promises fulfilled), which is also the BN’s election campaign slogan.
Pak Samad probe ‘arbitrary’
Meanwhile in an immediate reaction, PKR vice-president N Surendren called upon Prime Minister Najib Razak to drop all criminal investigations against Samad and the organisers of the Janji Demokrasi peaceful rally.
"The police decision to commence criminal proceedings against our national laureate is arbitrary, unconstitutional and a gross abuse of police powers.
“In reading poetry in a public place, Samad Said was exercising his fundamental rights of freedom of speech and assembly under Article 10 of the federal constitution," he said.
The PKR veep alleged that Samad was targeted because of his consistent public criticism of the ruling coalition, and said the police force was being used to suppress political dissent and intimidate civil society.
"This probe is clearly politically motivated and in breach of the rakyat's basic rights under Article 10 of the federal constitution," said the lawyer.- malaysiakini
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