It looks like another standoff is imminent between the authorities and protestors who want to use Dataran Merdeka as the venue for tomorrow's Bersih 3.0 sit-in.
As many have argued, the stakes are high - but for different reasons, depending on which perspective is taken.
The Government and the authorities appear to be using a "good cop, bad cop" routine in an effort to diffuse a situation that could potentially shift support towards the opposition in view of the impending general election.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has said that the Government has no objection to the rally so long as they use any one of the alternative venues offered, which includes Stadium Merdeka, the venue denied to Bersih 2.0 protestors in July last year.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall however took a more drastic measure, declaring the historic square off limits for 48 hours until 6am on Sunday and warning protestors that the police will step in if they insist on converging on Dataran Merdeka.
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