Sarah bebas, henti intimidasi anak muda (Malay/English)

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[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW] Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih 2.0) sangat prihatin dengan tindakan kerajaan Perikatan Nasional (PN) dan polis yang masih menggunakan taktik mengganggu dan mengintimidasi rakyat yang hanya bersuara menyatakan kekecewaan mereka dengan kegagalan kerajaan PN untuk menangani pandemik dan ekonomi negara.

Intimidasi ini bukan hanya menguatkan tekad mereka yang telah menjadi sasaran intimidasi malah rakyat Malaysia yang rasional yang geram dengan taktik pembulian tersebut.

Polis telah menahan dan mereman pengasas Misi: Solidariti, Sarah Irdina, 20, semalam di bawah Akta Hasutan kerana ciapan Twitter beliau pada 1 Julai, menggesa rakyat menyokong protes #Lawan dengan mengibarkan bendera hitam sekiranya mereka bersetuju dengan tuntutan supaya perdana menteri meletak jawatan, buka Parlimen dan tamatkan darurat. Beliau ditahan semalaman di Pusat Tahanan Reman Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur, tetapi telah dibebaskan awal pagi kelmarin.

Sebelum ini, tiga aktivis anak muda juga telah dipanggil untuk soal siasat di ibu pejabat Polis Dang Wangi disebabkan oleh protes #Lawan hari ini di Dataran Merdeka. Mereka adalah Tharma Pillai, Afiq Adeeb dan Mohammad Alshatry. Mereka tidak ditahan selepas kenyataan diambil.

Bersih 2.0 mengajak semua rakyat Malaysia untuk bersolidariti dengan anak muda yang hanya mengamalkan hak perlembagaan mereka untuk bersuara dan berhimpun secara aman. Mereka hanya memperjuangkan tuntutan mereka dan suara serta aspirasi mereka wajib didengari.

Kepada mereka yang berada di Kuala Lumpur dan ingin menyokong protes aman #Lawan pada 31 Julai, pukul 11 pagi di Dataran Merdeka, sila pastikan anda memakai pelitup muka dengan betul, mengamalkan penjarakan sosial dan mematuhi arahan penganjur.

Sekiranya anda tidak dapat menyertainya di Kuala Lumpur, anda boleh bersolidariti dengan memakai pakaian hitam atau menaikkan bendera hitam pada hari Sabtu.

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Kami sekali lagi menggesa polis untuk tidak melayan anak muda yang patriotik seperti penjenayah. Polis wajib menjalankan tugas mereka untuk memastikan protes Sabtu ini berjalan dengan aman dan selamat. – Bersih 2.0

English version

Sarah released: Stop intimidating our youths

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is extremely concerned that the Perikatan Nasional government and the Malaysian police are resorting to their failed tactics of harassing and intimidating citizens who are expressing their extreme disappointment with the failure of the PN government over the handling of the pandemic and the economy.

Such intimidation has served to strengthen the resolve of not only those targeted but also fair-minded Malaysians outraged by such bully tactics.

The police arrested 20-year-old Sarah Irdina, founder of Misi: Solidariti yesterday under the Sedition Act for a tweet she posted on 1 July, calling people to support the #Lawan protest by displaying a black flag if they agree with their demands for the prime minister to resign, the reconvening of Parliament, and the ending of the emergency. She was held at the Jinjang Detention Centre, Kuala Lumpur but was released early yesterday morning.

Earlier, three young activists were also called in for questioning at the Dang Wangi Police station over the #Lawan protest on Saturday, 31 July at Dataran Merdeka. The trio are Tharma Pillai, Afiq Adib, and Muhammad Alshatri. They were not detained after their statements were taken.

Bersih 2.0 calls on all Malaysians to stand in solidarity with these young people who are exercising their constitutional rights to express and assemble peacefully. They are staking their claim in this country and their voices and aspirations should be heard.

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For those who are in Kuala Lumpur and want to support the #Lawan peaceful protest, it will be at 11am today at Dataran Merdeka. Please ensure that you are properly masked, observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the organiser.

If you are unable to participate in-person in Kuala Lumpur, you may show your solidarity by wearing black or putting up a black flag on Saturday.

Meanwhile, we urge the police not to treat our patriotic youths like criminals. The police should carry out their duties in ensuring that the protest today is carried out smoothly and safely. – Bersih 2.0

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