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post #1 of 13
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The primary alternative news website in Malaysia is under DDOS attack, but you can follow what's happening:

Kuala Lumpur CBD is locked down. Streets closed and cleared, heavily policed:

Some arrests have begun for protestors wearing the symbolic "yellow shirts".
(Yes, Malaysians are not always original, the yellow and red shirt stuff was big in the Thailand protests recently)

11AM now, the drama continues to unfold.

Suburbs outside the Kuala Lumpur CBD (where I am) not affected yet.
post #2 of 13
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Selected excerpts from the live update page at:

7.50am: Masjid Jamek - There is heavy police presence in the vicinity of the mosque. The road in front of the mosque has been sealed off.

7.45am: Masjid Negara - A dozen FRU jeeps and a water cannon truck are stationed at the Jalan Keretapi roundabout opposite the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court complex. No roadblocks are visible, but there are many police personnel in the area.

8am: Jalan Bukit Bintang - The streets of the tourist trap areas in Bukit Bintang are still empty, save for a few cars and jaywalker. Unlike the other known assembly points for protesters, there are minimal police presence. Umno Youth is expected to rally here at 1.30pm.


8.25am: Sogo - The Sogo shopping complex on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman now looks like a police base. More than 10 police trucks and 100 police personnel are spotted. There is another roadblock here, and every vehicle is being inspected. [See video]

8.30am: Kampung Baru - Nine Bersih 2.0 supporters are nabbed and packed into one of the two police trucks parked near the Kampung Baru mosque. The road to the mosque has been cordoned off.

8.50am: Dataran Merdeka - Police has cordoned off Dataran Merdeka. More than six FRU trucks, including a water cannon truck is being parked here.

Along Jalan Tun Perak, near the Masjid Jamek station, more than a dozen FRU trucks and a water cannon truck were spotted. The area is a favourite haunt of anti-government protestors in the past.

An estimated 300 FRU and other police personnel are stationed within the vicinity.

"Nobody can enter this area," said a uniformed policeman when the reporter tried to enter the area surrounding Dataran Merdeka. [See video]

9.00am: Stadium Merdeka - The route to the stadium from Jalan Maharajalela is being blocked with a barbwire barricade. Journalists who wish to enter the area must registered with the police.

9.05am: KL Sentral - Police are inspecting the bags of a group of PAS supporters from Kelantan.

9.15am: DBKL - About 60 police personnel and ten police trucks spotted at the T-junction in front of City Hall.


Some clashes are expected to take place with Bersih 2.0 supporters who are also marching to the stadium.


While there are no roadblocks nearby, a handful of plainclothes policemen are seen loitering about holding their walkie talkies tight.

9.45am: Masjid Negara - At least 1,000 Bersih 2.0 have gathered near the former KTM headquarters and are chanting slogans.

9.50am: Masjid Negara - An elderly man approaching the national mosque with the intention of praying has been turned away by the authorities. Bersih 2.0 supporters at the old railway station is growing.


10am: Masjid Jamek - Police are seen randomly checking the bags of people in the Masjid Jamek LRT station vicinity.

"They asked me to open my bag and asked me where I came from," says a middle-aged Malay man who was stopped by the police for a check.

However the cops did not find anything suspicious in his bag and let him go.

Masjid Negara - At the old railway station at Jln Sultan Hishamuddin, a 70 year-old man wearing a Pakatan Rakyat vest and serban was arrested along with two helpers after he insisted on going to the national mosque for prayers. The three of them are led off in a police jeep.

Masjid Kg Baru - The surroundings of Jalan Abdullah, Jalan Raja Alang and the masjid are calm with light traffic.

No Bersih supporters or leaders are in sight. The police seem to have the area under control.


10.05am: Masjid Negara - The crowd in the area is rapidly growing. There are now more than 1,000 people, facing off with about 400 police personnel.

No one is allowed inside the national mosque except the police. About 10 police trucks are parked nearby.

10.10am: Sogo - As a steady stream of shoppers enter the mall oblivious to the heavy police presence, one man is seen being whisked away in a police truck. Sogo appears to be the only mall open for business in the vicinity.

10.21am: KLCC - Bersih tweets that there is a police clash with supporters. Gas canisters used, it says. Malaysiakini is trying to verify the report.

Soon after, the police nab another four young women clad in tudung as well as three men. All of them are not wearing yellow.

10:35am: Stadium Merdeka - Police have set up barbed wire barricades at the two ends of Jalan Stadium, keeping both pedestrians and vehicles out.

However, some 20 press personnel are camped out in front of the stadium.

10.43am: Sogo - Another three men, carrying backpacks, are picked up from around the area.
post #3 of 13
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More than 100 people have been arrested this morning so far. Most of these people have not done anything wrong other than being in the city, wearing yellow, or having yellow t-shirts in their bags. Bags are being randomly checked.

I repeat: people are being arrested even if they have not committed any violent offences or any real offences of any sort.

Room-to-room checks in some hotels:
post #4 of 13
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What would you give for the right to wear a yellow t-shirt in your capital city?
post #5 of 13
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Sorry for the poor audio quality, just a quick video grab from Al Jazeera reporting about this on TV:
post #6 of 13
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What is this rally supposed to be about?

Launch of BERSIH 2.0

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (better known by its Bahasa Malaysia name BERSIH) issued its first joint communiqué on 23 November 2006.

At its formation, BERSIH comprised civil society organisations and political parties with the objective of campaigning for clean and fair elections in Malaysia.

BERSIHs journey thus far has been both monumental and memorable. The public demonstration of November 2007, which saw thousands of ordinary Malaysians take to the streets in support of clean and fair elections, was a critical juncture in our nations electoral journey.

Almost 3 ½ years later, the aims of BERSIH continue to be relevant.

The time has now come for BERSIH to continue its crusade for clean and fair elections independent of any political party. BERSIH is thus being re-launched as BERSIH 2.0, a coalition of like minded civil society organisations unaffiliated to any political party. Our aim will be to effectively monitor both sides of the political divide.

8 Points

Bersih 2.0′s calls consist of 8 points. In summary, they are:

1. Clean the electoral roll

2. Reform postal ballot

3. Use of indelible ink

4. Minimum 21 days campaign period

5. Free and fair access to media

6. Strengthen public institutions

7. Stop corruption

8. Stop dirty politics
post #7 of 13
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Royal Malaysian Police Facebook page says that as of 11am, 236 people have been arrested - of whom, 228 are men, eight women.

The rallies are to take place within a few hours but the city is locked down with a heavy police presence. They seem to want to try and disperse any crowds before they form.

post #8 of 13
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In Melbourne, Australia a gathering supporting the rallies apparently took place with 1,000 people apparently attending:

Gathering in Brisbane, Australia also reported:

Gatherings in other Australian cities also planned.

Back In Malaysia...

12.15pm: According to the police Facebook page, they are dispelling Bersih 2.0's Twitter claims that there was a clash between protestors and the police at KLCC and that tear gas was used.

Many gathering in uncoloured clothes to prepare for the rally over the next few hours:

12.30pm: Crowd slowly starting to move towards rally points:


Some leaders of legitimate political parties are being detained without charges.

Crowds getting bigger:

post #9 of 13
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Multiple marches have started, tear gas allegedly being used to disperse crowds.

The best image gallery seems to be this one:

post #10 of 13
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1.40pm: Menara Maybank - Water cannons unleashed on more than 1,000 protestors.

Tear Gas Fired:

Water cannons can be seen:

post #11 of 13
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Al Jazeera is the main international news channel picking up on this, latest video showing tear gas being fired:

On a lighter (or stupider) note, earlier this morning people braved the lockdown and arrests to buy iPad 2.
The iPad 2 is being sold on certain days in batches. Some days there are no iPad 2, some weekends there are.
When there are iPad 2 to be sold to the public they implement a queue system. For some reason this Apple reseller
decided to go ahead with the iPad 2 queue and sale despite this outlet being right in the middle of the city with July 9
long known to be the day when chaos would probably erupt.


Best tweet so far:
Years from now they're going to ask, where were you when Bersih took over KL. #bersih


post #12 of 13
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Some of the top organisers of the rally have been arrested as they stepped out of a major hotel where they had a press conference:

The Pakatan Rakyat and Bersih 2.0 crowd has managed to emerge from KL Sentral and have entered Jalan Tun Sambanthan where they are met by almost 1,000 supporters.

Bersih 2.0 chief Ambiga Sreenevasan, Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Lim Kit Siang and other personalities are spotted among the crowd.

While proceeding towards the city centre, they were pelted with tear gas cannisters and choas ensued. Ambiga and fellow Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah has been arrested.

Remember most if not all arrests are of peaceful demonstrators, or in this case organisers who have not called for any kind of violence.


Video of crowds and water cannons:

2.41pm: PDRM Facebook: As of 2pm, 644 arrested - 597 males and 47 females.

2.43pm: Pandemonium breaks out at KL Sentral as police fire tear gas in a closed environment as Bersih 2.0 and opposition leaders attempted to exit the station via Brickfields.

The tear gas forced protesters back into the station, which has been locked down. Journalists outside KL Sentral were barred from entering the station, making it difficult to verify the status of the situation.

It was however confirmed that a group of Pakatan leaders and individuals were arrested in the chaos, including Batu MP Tian Chua, Pantai Dalam MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Kuala Selangor MP Dzukefly Ahmad, artist Wong Hoy Cheong, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's son and three other supporters.

Allegedly police are firing tear gas into a hospital where some peaceful protestors are trying to seek refuge.

The BBC Website finally starts coverage:

More public transportation closed.

Some Tweets:

Tear gas fired into Tung Shin Maternity Hospital at 2.35pm #Bersih No violence bythe people only police

Throng of cops ran over to where we were, beat some ppl down to the ground and took them. #bersih

RT Goddammit you don't fire teargas ANYWHERE near a maternity hospital. #Bersih
post #13 of 13
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The legitimate de facto opposition leader of this country has been injured. He might be arrested despite no clear charges being made.

2.45pm: KL Sentral - Anwar Ibrahim tweets that he has suffered a minor injury and that his two daugthers - Nurul Izzah and Nurul Hana - has been arrested during the melee.

Bersih 2.0 chief Ambiga Sreenevasan confirms that she has been arrested.

2.50pm: KL Sentral - PKR vice-president N Surendran told Malaysiakini Anwar is bleeding from the head and injured in one of his knees.


3.10pm: PDRM Facebook - The total number of people arrested as of 2.30pm has reached 672.

4.30pm: Protestors may be starting to disperse now, police still using tear gas to try to ensure this. Most of the city centre is still locked down. Police checkpoints along freeways into the city.

Pic of the day:

Tear gas being used to disperse protestors, notice no aggressive acts on the part of the gathered:
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