|Cops get court injunction against tomorrow’s gathering|
|May 6, 09 7:27pm Malaysiakini.com|
|Police have today obtained a court injunction which will empower them to arrest on sight any member of the public seen within the vicinity of Perak state secretariat building.
The court injunction bars all supporters of political parties from gathering within 500 meters of the building, where the controversial state assembly sitting will be held tomorrow.
Supporters from both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional are expected to turn up to support their respective sides in the on-going power struggle to control the state.
Inspector general of police Musa Hassan (left) has warned the public not to wear black tomorrow or to gather to protest against the assembly sitting.
“The police will not hesitate to take action including arresting those who gather to protest or tried to stop the state assemblypersons to thwart the assembly.
Police have pasted copies of the court order in areas around the state secretariat building.
This is not the first time the rare court order was sought by the police in an attempt to stop similar political gatherings.
In 2007, the police had obtained a restraining order from the court to stop polls reform group Bersih members from gathering at Parliament House.
The court order came weeks after a similar order for the Nov 25 rally organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
A month later, in January 2008, the court again issued an order to ban the public from gathering at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) to protest against price hikes.
The protest was organised by the Coalition Against Inflation (Protes).
However despite being armed with the court orders, the police were unable to prevent a very determined group of protesters from breaching their barricades. This led to scores of people being arrested.
This time in Ipoh, the police will again threw a cordon around the venue creating a 500-metre ‘exclusion zone’.
Police road blocks for seven days
Beginning from tonight, there will be police road blocks along major roads leading to state secretariat building.
According to Bernama, all roads leading to the main gate of the building – from Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Jalan Silibin, Jalan Lahat, and Jalan Hospital – will be temporarily closed. [See map below]
Ipoh police chief Azisman Alias advised motorists to use alternative roads to avoid congestion during the seven-day state assembly sitting.
The roads would be closed beginning 9pm tonight until the conclusion of the sitting, he said.
Azisman added that the police had decided to close 13 areas during the official opening of the state assembly sitting tomorrow morning.
The state assembly sitting will be officially opened by Perak Regent Raja Nazrin Shah – whose father is the person at the centre of the controversy which saw the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat government in February.
The Perak sultan had ordered Pakatan to step down in the state, which it won in general election a year ago, but the menteri besar has refused to cede power.The BN coalition will need to oust the assembly speaker – an opposition appointee who has been blocking its attempts to exert its authority – in order to regain control of the assembly.
Speaker V Sivakumar has appealed for calm and expressed optimism that the assembly would pass off peacefully.
“I really hope there is no fight tomorrow. There must be no violence. It’s not going to be easy to handle, but all parties should be careful,” he told AFP.