Police keep Bersih, Red Shirts apart in Kapar

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PETALING JAYA: Bersih convoys went through Kapar, Selangor, without incident today, watched by police who kept waiting rival Red Shirts protesters apart.

However, in Johor, the Bersih convoy was reported to have been halted by the Red Shirts group on the road from Batu Pahat to Muar. The convoy resumed after discussions between leaders of the two sides, it was reported.

Today’s convoys were in contrast to last week’s demonstration in Kuala Selangor, during which a videographer of The Star and a Malaysiakini reporter were harassed by anti-Bersih protesters.

The convoy in Kapar today reached the town’s PKR office at about 2.30pm, according to The Star Online.

Police cordoned off the street to keep Bersih supporters apart from waiting anti-Bersih Red Shirts protestors, who were joined by Sungai Besar Umno divisional chief Jamal Md Yunos, the leader of the Red Shirts movement.

The convoy drove out shortly afterwards, returning at about 3pm, and both groups dispersed peacefully an hour later.

Two short video clips were posted at the ‘Bersih 5 Johor’ Facebook page showing a confrontation between the Bersih road convoy and Red Shirts members, who were reported to have said: “Please, turn back. Over here, we do not accept Bersih.”

After discussions between a Bersih member and one from the Red Shirts group, the man shouted: “Okay, go. The yellow-shirts can go,” Malaysiakini reported.

The Bersih convoys were there to publicise plans for a street rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak and to call for political reforms in the country.