Any independent inquiry into the violence that broke out at the tail-end of the Bersih 3.0 rally would not be complete without a thorough examination into whether agents provocateurs or others bent on inciting violence were present in the crowd.
The use of agents provocateurs to incite violence in a peaceful assembly is the oldest trick in the book – though no one will ever admit to planting people in a crowd to stir violence.
Wikipedia defines ‘agent provocateur’ as follows:
Traditionally, an agent provocateur (plural: agents provocateurs, French for “inciting agent(s)”) is an agent employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act. More generally, the term may refer to a person or group that seeks to discredit or harm another by provoking them to commit a wrong or rash action.
The Oxford dictionary defines it as “a person employed to induce others to break the law so that they can be convicted”.
If a crowd becomes the innocent victims of the trap, it is used to provide justification for a crackdown or to discredit them. Full article on the Aliran website.