‘Blockade’ organisers agree to stop at midnight if gathering allowed to continue


Tian Chua said the protest will continue in an orderly manner.
KUALA LUMPUR: The organisers of a “blockade” outside the US embassy have agreed to cease all activity, including speeches, by midnight if they are allowed to hold their gathering until Dec 31.
Last night, the gathering, which saw some 100 participants, comprising NGOs and political parties, ended before midnight.
Tian Chua, a senior member of the Sekretariat Solidariti Palestin (SSP), said that City Hall, the police, and the Federal Territories minister said that ceramahs must stop at midnight.
They also prohibited the use of loudspeakers, he said.
“I agree (to these conditions). We will continue in an orderly manner,” he told reporters at Jalan Tun Razak.
He went on to say that the organisers were willing to hold the gathering at another location if they were allowed to continue protesting the US’s apparent intransigence in hastening an end to hostilities in Palestine.
“If City Hall can propose a better venue, please come to see me. We can discuss it.
“But for us, this is the ideal site, although it’s not the most ideal,” he said, adding that the gathering did not interrupt traffic, nor did it inconvenience the residents around the area.
On the decision by the police to open an investigation into the gathering, Tian Chua said that SSP was willing to cooperate.
Earlier this evening, Wangsa Maju police chief Ashari Abu Samah said that an investigation paper was opened under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for organising an event without a permit.
Tian Chua however said they had no issue with it as it was the “job of the police” to carry out the investigation.
“And when we are needed to cooperate, we will. We are confident that we are law-abiding citizens and the gathering is being done in an orderly manner.”
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