Saturday, July 9, 2011

I believe most of your Facebook Homepage fill with yellow profile pictures, BERSIH videos and posts.and i believe most of you know what is happening, even the Yellow Angry Bird and Digi Dude were being  detained because they are yellow. Most of us will most probably remember July 9 where the people, lead by the BERSIH 2.0 chairperson, Datuk S. Ambiga, who is also a former Bar Council President, fighting for fair and clean elections. 

However, there are 2 groups which are against this rally - Patriot Rally and Perkasa.  Patriot Rally was lead by UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin to strengthen the democratic system and show that the voice of the people does not belong only to the opposition. While Perkasa who announced the cancellation of their counter-rally due to their inability to secure a venue and a police permit. (Wikipedia, 2011). The people requested to hold the rally at the National Stadium but was rejected.

2 weeks before the rally, people were advised not to wear yellow (official colour of BERSIH 2.0) and red (official colour for Patriot Rally) in order to avoid being mistaken as supporting one of the groups. The day before the rally, police had blocked several roads into the city centre and National Stadium. Public transport including buses and trains were being disrupted on Saturday. The rally was scheduled from 2pm - 4pm. By the end of the day, the police successfully stopped the protesters from entering the National Stadium. It was reported that there were about 50,000 people participated in the rally, 1,400 were being arrested including the big shots. Police had fired tear gas and water cannon. 
Lawyers, most support the BERSIH 2.0 were being informed to be on standby to bail those who were being arrested. The BERSIH rally was also being demonstrated in other countries such as Korea, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Taipei. 

I am a Malaysian who doesn't support either parties as long as i am living a comfortable life, that will do. But from the videos i've watched on Facebook, i somehow think that the police are making things worst, our people were not being violent, why can't they treat it like another KL Marathon. This will only make the people furious. Here's a link to view the photos from the rally and the purpose of the rally from Wiki.

My mum came shouting "Die, i forgot to stock rice." :P

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