When Thousands Thronged The City
...with the huge presence of the police's Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) cordoning off entry points to Stadium Merdeka. Now, the organizers can promise you a peaceful march but you and I know that there will always be trouble-makers.
Some say the police acted without any provocation from the protesters. But there were reports that the protesters deliberately defied police orders not to proceed further.
Anyway, Ambiga, Anwar, Khairy, Kit Siang and Hadi were all there at the Bersih rally.
And they all got (tear)gassed too. Anwar who was injured earlier as he and his group were evading the police, is (as I am writing this) receiving treatment at Pantai Hospital.
The crowd was huge. They gathered and marched from different points and merged in the city near the Dataran Maybank.
People began gathering in several spots around the city as early as 7am. Policemen and women were seen talking to teenagers, advising them to leave the areas.
As the crowd picked up in numbers and began walking towarsd the city, shouts of "bersih, bersih" could be heard.
There were also shouts of "reformasi" heard.
By afternoon, things got hot and heated....
I did not take part in the Bersih march this time. I did in 2007 - the 10-Eleven march.
Then, it was organized by social/civil rights activists although at the end when the crowd reached Istana Negara, a couple of political leaders emerged to make known their presence and their part in the march. And that was the high point where the memorandum was to be handed to the palace.
This time it is clearly a political rally with political leaders behind it.
The first time, it was held before the 2008 general election. And as you know, five states fell to the opposition.
What a tidal wave!
Anyway, Saturday, for some time now, has been a working day for me, so...
Back to Bersih 2.0 -- there were arrests made today. Some of those arrested were released.
By about 4.30pm, most of the hot spots were cleared of protesters who then headed towards KLCC in the city.
Someone at KLCC got really spooked when she got to know that the protesters were heading there...
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