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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:22:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 9:26:08 PM

Cops warn organisers against planned protest at Dataran Merdeka on New Year’s Eve

KUALA LUMPUR: Police warned that they will not compromise with those out to disrupt New Year eve celebrations at Dataran Merdeka.

Bernama quoted Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh as saying that police received reports that organisers of the "overthrow the government" rally planned to set up tents and bring weapons, including grenades and gas masks, to stir up commotion.

He issued a stern warning that individuals or groups would be charged for holding the illegal assembly this Tuesday.

Police would not hesitate to detain parties attempting to spark unrest under the Penal Code and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), he told reporters.

"Kumpulan Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (TURUN), Jingga 13, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia as well as Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia are believed to be involved in the gathering," he said.

He said to date, police have received 588 reports nationwide in connection with the protest.

Dataran Merdeka would also be the venue for a New Year's Eve celebration organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall where 20,000 people are expected to attend.

DCP Amar urged the public not the get involved or support the gathering as it was against the law.

He added that police have not received any 10-day notice as required by law.

Tags / Keywords: Crime, Protest, New Year's eve

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