Sunday, November 11, 2007
Come Hell or High Water .....
Yes. Indeed. Like never before.
All thousands (some say 40,000) of them marched, emerging from wherever they could, braving the heavy afternoon downpour, the FRU's water cannons and tear gas.
There were already FRUs at strategic points in several parts of the city in the morning. And at Dataran Merdeka, the FRUs formed a barricade, preventing anyone from entering.
Dataran Merdeka was to be the starting point (at 3pm) for the Yellow March -- the peaceful march for electoral reforms, for fair and clean elections.
Smses hit me as early as 10am, informing me that there were police road blocks at the federal highway, Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Damansara, to name few.
At the Petaling Jaya part of the federal highway, police were making 100 per cent checks of cars.
At Masjid Jamek LRT station, the police warned the crowd to disperse.
It was a Saturday afternoon in KL many will never forget.
"The dawn of a new day", whispered a very tired but gratified Haris Ibrahim (human rights laywer, social activist, blog-owner of People's Parliament and chief initiator of the Bangsa Malaysia movement) when we met for drinks later in the evening at BSC's Chilli's. He was among friends -- Rocky, Stephen F, Shar, Tony Yew, Eric Woon, Wahti Maidin, Michelle G, Sharmila and a few others.
And yes, come hell or high water, they marched.
The BERSIH memorandum was submitted to the Istana about 4pm to the loud cheers of the accompanying crowd.
Read also (and for more photos) Rocky's Bru, Jeff's Screenshots, Kickdefella and Shanghaifish.
And of course, don't miss Haris Ibrahim's take on 10-Eleven.
And the Al-Jazeera's article on the Yellow March is here.
And if you have not seen the Al-Jazeera news coverage on this, go to Marina Mahathir's, here.