|967 canisters shot during Bersih 3.0 rally|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:38am|
©The Sun (Used by permission)
by Hemananthani Sivanandam
KUALA LUMPUR (June 11, 2012): A total of 967 tear gas canisters were fired during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.
In a written reply, the Home Ministry said that this included 909 tear smoke shells and 58 tear smoke grenades.
"The government spent a total of RM1.8 mil as a result of the illegal gathering," said the ministry in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP- Batu Gajah) today.
Fong had asked to state the number of tear gas canisters that were fired by officers on duty as well as the amount spent during the Bersih 3.0 rally.
To another question by Fong, the Home Ministry also said that the police had acted according to the fixed standard operating procedure (SOP) in order to control the situation from becoming violent.
"At the same time, the police needed to act fast to ensure everything was under control.
"However, the ministry is also serious on the breach of SOP set and in this case, two police officers were already charged in court relating to such offences," said the ministry.
The written reply also said that the matter is being investigated by an independent panel chaired by former Inspector-General of Police Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar.
To a question by Teresa Kok (DAP - Seputeh), the Home Ministry said that the Brickfields police was investigating the burger and "butt exercise" protests in front of Bersih 3.0 chairman Datuk S. Ambiga's house.
"It is being probed under Section 5 of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012," read the written reply.
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