Himpunan Hijau 2.0 dipindahkan lokasi oleh Polis
12:24PM Feb 24, 2012 Malaysiakini.com
The anti-Lynas Himpunan Hijau 2.0 rally this Sunday will take place at the MPK4 field, down the road from the original planned venue in Kuantan.
According to steering committee member Clement Chin (left), this was decided after about an hour’s discussion with the Pahang police this morning.
“The police have agreed to provide assistance, security and traffic control for the event, in accordance with the new Public Assembly Act,” he said when contacted.
According to Chin, the new venue, “just down the road from the MPK1 field”, can accommodate the same number of people and was last year used for the Merdeka celebrations.
Among those representing Pahang police was state police chief Sharifuddin Ab Ghani and Kuantan OCPD Jasmani Yusoff.
“We expect a surge of participation as many had initially been apprehensive of police action,” he said.
Organisers estimate a turnout of 20,000 people, while PAS has promised that it will mobilise 10,000 of its members, including those in neighbouring Terengganu districts.
“We don’t want anybody getting hurt. We’ll assemble peacefully without unnecessary violence and will keep everybody in compliance with the law.
“Our previous rally had been tainted by intimidation from pro-Lynas groups,” he said.
Organisers ‘regretful’ at MPK’s actions
He added the organisers are nevertheless regretful at the Kuantan Town Council (MPK)’s actions.
MPK had previously declined to consider the organisers’ application to use the MPK1 field, without a support letter from the police.
It yesterday began to fence up the field, saying that it is doing renovations works in preparation for the Malaysia Games (Sukma).
“But the Sukma is in June! They could have at least allowed us to use the field on Sunday,” Chin said.
The rally – the second since last September – will take place for three hours, beginning at 9.30am. Concurrent solidarity rallies are being organised in other states, including capital city Kuala Lumpur.