Thursday, November 12, 2009

973 Tear-gas Canisters Used To Disperse Anti-ISA Protestors

973 Tear-gas Canisters Used To Disperse Anti-ISA Protestors

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- A total of 973 tear-gas canisters costing RM89,000 were used to disperse the anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) illegal demonstrations on July 31.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said 663 policemen were deployed during the demonstrations while 442 were on standby at various locations around Kuala Lumpur.

He said 182 Federal Reserve Unit members were also tasked with dispersing the demonstrators, while 22 traffic police officers and members were assigned to control the traffic flow at the locations identified.

"There were also 187 members of uniformed bodies on duty because of the demonstrations on that day," he said in his written reply to Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Serdang) in the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday.

Teo wanted to know the number of tear gas canisters fired during the anti-ISA demontrations and the cost incurred by the government, and the strength of the security forces and enforcement bodies involved in handling the demonstrations.


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