This is an article I completed today for Asia Times Online. The BN finds itself on the political defensive after police personnel cracked down on a largely peaceful 28 April protest held in Kuala Lumpur calling for electoral reforms.
A group of about 30-60 thugs assaulted some of the 20-50 students who were camping out at Dataran Merdeka and tore down their tents at 2.36am today.
In a police report, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng describes the ugly scenes on Sunday, when thugs disrupted the Stop Lynas event at Speakers’ Square.
A group of stick-wielding youths on motorbikes gate-crashed an Anything But Umno(Abu)-Hindraf forum in Klang last night and disrupted the event.
Al Jazeera has interviewed Anwar Ibrahim after his surprise acquittal.