Vigil against ISA at Bukit Aman

Yet another protest.

This time, it is against the use of the Internal Security Act by the government against a reporter who reported a racially sensitive statement made by a politician belonging to the ruling coalition, against an opposition Member of Parliament who has nothing to do with the accusation which the government made against her and a blogger who allegedly insulted Islam (whereas in fact, he only insulted those in power).

So, I was there and as promised, more photos from the protest.

The police wanted the crowd to disperse and so, the crowd did so by walking toward a car park down the stream. From a gathering, it became a procession.

I was there early but had trouble joining the crowd because a police officer prevented me to do so. But being somewhat an anarchist myself, I found another way in. There, the police with shield were surrounding surrounding the crowd.

And so we walked and walked and made a couple of stops here and there, much to the annoyance of the men in blue.

Every time we made a stop, there would be a speech and reporters swarmed the speaker.

But we moved on when the police warned us to disperse yet again. They even escorted us with cars! I thought only politicians get police escort! Ambulances, fire fuck trucks and civilians like you and me do not usually get police escort! What a privilege!

There were really not kidding about escorting us!

The cat and mouse game lasted for over an hour. In the end, the police decided to mingle with us, trying to give the impression that they were willing to arrest folks at the vigil. These officers which kept distance from the vigil participants moved in concert toward the crowd. The balaclava clad personnel was nowhere in sight however. I am unsure where were the police special branch people were though.

After a while, the whole game was getting tiring and in stages, the crowd was getting thinner and thinner and thinner…

It was time to go home.

3 Comments so far

  1. the __earthinc » Blog Archive » [1774] Of candlelight vigil at Bukit Aman (pingback) on September 14th, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

    […] pp/s — I have posted more photos at Metblogs KL. […]


  2. Enough Is Enough « Per Astera Ad Astra (pingback) on September 14th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    […] are vigils being held now so check out the blogosphere for news. Meanwhile, Hafiz Noor Shams has updated photos on MetBlogs on the candlelight vigil yesterday at Bkt. Aman. Sivin Kit, has a pictorial report too on his […]


  3. Peaceful Vigils To The ISA Arrests « Per Astera Ad Astra (pingback) on September 15th, 2008 @ 2:14 am

    […] CLV in front of Bkt Aman; see Sivin Kit’s blog and Hafiz Noor Sham’s photos on MetBlogs. Malaysiakini has a video of the […]



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