Threats from the pro-Umno Red Shirt movement will not stop the Bersih 5 rally planned for Nov 18 in Kuala Lumpur, said Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah today.
She said the locations for the rally would not be disclosed to the public until the right time.
“We will go through with the rally as planned and we will have our own security team. We also hope that we will get assistance from the police to maintain order during the rally,” she said today.
Red Shirt supporters have urged Bersih to call off the rally.
“The Red Shirt participants had been violent but their threats will not stop us. They had acted like gangsters and action should have been taken against them. As for our side, security measures had been taken,” she said.
Last week, the Red Shirts clashed with the Bersih convoys at a number of locations, including Teluk Intan where a fight was reported to have broken out between the rival supporters while thousands gathered at Gurney Drive as a sign of disapproval.
Bersih in their statement today, claimed that the clashes nearly killed their supporters and stressed that the body only wanted to promote peace, not to create riots.