Naturally, I expect the mainstream papers on Sunday morning to blast the Bersih organiser for breaching the barricades thus forcing the police to act. What else is there to expect from mainstream media?
By and large the over 150,000 crowd were peaceful and respectful. But knowing the congregation of such a large crowd, there will be incidents. Some will mention the police car which went out of control and protesters who overturned the car. However if you view the proper video, the protesters actually protected the driver from a public lynching. The reason they overturned the car was that there was a person pinned under the car. Same incidents, different facts.
We cannot expect 100% of the crowd to be calm, there are bound to be some hotheads, and the government will try to spin it as the rakyat's fault. Look at the bigger picture everyone (that means you, the government). The people are angry, none of them were paid money to turn up, many sacrificed time and money to just make the journey. If you still cannot fathom the depth of the dissatisfaction, you are well within all our low expectations.
I have a friend who had a can of tear gas right at her feet, while walking away she cried, not because of the sting but that her heart was so dashed that the government would do this to her people. Every single one who had their faces, eyes and throats stung by tear gas will wear them as badges of honour, and all Malaysians (true Malaysians) are very proud of you.
If there were no obstacles in transportation and LRT, I think you would have seen doubled the numbers of protesters. All you cronies of government, the MCA running dogs, those who depend on the ruling government for their livelihood ... know this, your time is very short. You cannot fight against the people, when the people have truth, dignity, integrity and higher causes on their side.
What's with the razor barbed wires? How inhumane!
Who started the violence? Who came with chemical laced water trucks? Who came with batons and tear gas guns? Who came with just body, bones and spirit?
A government should know when they are not wanted. You may kick and bicker, you may use the judiciary, the public institutions, the police force, the media to do all your biding ... the more you do, the more desperate you are. YOU WILL BE LUCKY TO RETAIN ONE STATE (in West Malaysia) in the next elections, in spite of the gerrymandering and vote rigging.
What was so fucking hard to let the people to sit down at Dataran Merdeka? What were the police protecting the turf from? Its not like we are marching through the palace or Parliament! Why the need to go against the people's wishes? Do you REALLY think this is a minority movement? How fucking deluded are you?
Maybe its because we have the same government for over 50 years, and being voted out is not in their vocabulary. Well, Malaysia is still a democracy, and the very fuck we have a place called Dataran Merdeka is that we have the right to choose, and rather than trample, coerce, harass our wishes ... why not just respect our wishes. Without the people, there is no government, we put you there, we can put somebody else. Understand!
Malaysians are very nice people, it has to take a lot to get us very worked up to do something of this scale. The years of endemic corruption, the fuck care attitude towards the aspirations of Malaysians, have all come to a "I am not taking this crap anymore" level.
In many ways, I am GLAD things turned out the way it did, it will reinforce our votes and actually empower even more to be proactive to do the right thing. Like a Bollywood movie, we know how this is all going to end, and we are near it ... Bangkit Rakyat Malaysia!