10 Jul 2011 … Condolences to the late Baharudin Ahmad, who passed away in the midst of yesterday’s police assault on the Bersih 2.0 rally… our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Malaysian will always remember your heroism on that fateful day to defend and uphold our Constitutional rights. God bless.
The morning at Kuala Lumpur on 9th of July was nothing but an empty city when I reached Masjid Jamek. There were heavy police and FRU presence. Choppers are seen flying around scouting for movement. Most of the major roads in Kuala Lumpur are actually blocked and barricaded. Passersby are being questioned, screened and some minor arrest were made.
Despite all the threats, scare , road blocks, traffic jam and intimidations. I’m surprised there are still so many that made it. The crowds came from nowhere. Small groups and individuals traveling from all across Malaysia to KL taking risk for 1 purpose. Reform.
People start forming small groups and later merging into larger groups. These groups were then dispersed by tear gas from the FRU near Dataran Merdeka. Some experienced demonstrators are distributing salt and water and helping each other to escape the tear gas.
The momentum started gathering at Maybank around afternoon. Hatta gave a speech for a while but then FRU came. The peaceful crowds sprayed with blue chemical liquid. The crowd faught back a few times but eventually ran away when tear gas was fired. Many people were seen running panicky and some even jumped high walls to escape arrest. But then it started raining when I decided to have lunch. Crowds were diminishing due to the rain.
After the rain people start gathering again , this time walking towards Stadium Merdeka. However it was barb wired. I guess there are nothing much they can do and people start dispersing after 4Pm after singing the national anthem. After all , 4PM is the allowed time by our King.
One big difference that I noticed on this rally compared to previous ones is that there are a lot of new comers. Crowds are from different ethnic,racial, religious background coming together seeking for a change. There are a lot of young chinese even couples attending it.
At the end of the rally, I can see PAS people shaking hands and taking group photos with chinese families, which we seldom see these days. Young men from different backgrounds shaking hands and chatting.
In the end we sang the national anthem at the gate of barb wired stadium merdeka before dispersing back to our homes. This is the malaysia we want to build. It’s indeed a great day and a great rally
The first group that appeared near dataran Merdeka but was stopped
Yellow Flower that was left at Pudu after the gas attack
A little girl was the victim of tear gas ,the gas spreads a few hundreds meters away, its wise to stay far away
Peaceful crowds were bombarded with tear gas and chemical liquid
This guy was praying in the middle of the road when the police charged. He collapsed after that. I hope he’s all right
It is just another daily life for this old soldier
Land should be divided equally among all people. People should eat meals together in large halls, so the rich couldn’t enjoy food while the poor starved. Senate, a part of government that made laws and kept tyrants in check. -Lycurgus