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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bersih calls off street rally and accepts stadium offer


KUALA LUMPUR: The organisers of the Bersih 2.0 rally have called off the street demonstration planned for this Saturday.
The rally will be held in a stadium instead, said Bersih steering committeechairman Datuk S. Ambiga yesterday.
“We have accepted the Government's offer to hold the rally in a stadium and we will work with them now (in regards to the choice of stadium).
Media frenzy: Reporters rushing to talk to Ambiga outside Istana Negara after her audience with the King yesterday. — AZMAN GHANI /The Star
“The rally on the street will not take place,” she said after having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara earlier.
She was accompanied by Bersih steering committee member Zaid Kamaruddin and national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said.
Ambiga described her brief audience with Tuanku Mizan as “a wonderful meeting and we were most grateful to the King”.
On Sunday, Tuanku Mizan made known his thoughts on the rally, saying that street demonstrations would bring more bad than good to the country.
Ambiga agreed that the move to hold the rally in a stadium was the best compromise in light of the King's advice.
“Under the circumstances, this is the best way we can do that,” she added.
On details of the stadium rally, Ambiga declined to elaborate, adding that more information would be released soon.
Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah asked police to release all those arrested under the Emergency Ordinance for supporting the rally.
She added that police should stop arresting and harassing the supporters since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had offered a stadium for the rally to be held. - theStarOnline

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