|Commander: FRU officers trained in anger management|
|Friday, 03 August 2012 09:24am|
©The Sun Daily (Used by permission)
by Song Sook Kin
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2, 2012): Officers of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) have been trained in anger management so that they would not react 'emotionally' during rallies or demonstrations, the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) inquiry into the Bersih rally heard today.
Supt Zahari Mohd Yusoff, a FRU field commander, said the anger management training started earlier this year.
"We make our officers stand under the hot sun for hours and mock them. We do this so that they would learn how to control their anger," said Zahari, adding that his troops who were in charge of dispersing the crowd at Jalan Raja Laut did not act violently against the protesters.
"The public must remember that we are not their enemy. Our primary role is to disperse the protesters. That's all," he said.
Zahari also said it was illogical to say that the protesters could not disperse due to the overwhelming crowd, and added that his troops did not surround them.
"They could have used many different lanes at Jalan Raja Laut to disperse. Even Jalan Lebuh Pasar is wide enough for a lot of people to go through at once," he added.
Asked if the tear gas used would cause protesters to run towards barbed wires set up by the FRU, Zahari said it was the protesters' choice to stand near the barrier.
"We had already shot water (from water cannon trucks) to make them disperse. If they knew those wires are dangerous, why were they still lingering there?
"Moreover, nobody has died from being caught in barbed wires. The most you would get are scratches and stitches," said Zahari who had led a total of 89 FRU officers during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.
The FRU officers were informed of the rally a month before it was held and were warned not to disturb journalists and lawyers who would be there.
"There was no physical contact between my troops and protesters," he said, adding that water canons were used to control the situation.
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