The Occupy movement has seen similar gatherings sprouting across South East Asia, including almost weekly Occupy Dataran gatherings – and now an event in Penang.
The Global Voices Online website provides a useful glimpse of what’s been happening in the region.
Actually, the Occupy Dataran gatherings in KL started on 30 July 2011 – well before the Occupy Wall Street gatherings. From what I hear, they were apparently inspired by the gatherings in Madrid earlier this year. Now, I see messages on Facebook about a similar gathering in Speakers’ Square in Penang this evening.
But perhaps the Thais were the first in the region in recent times to come out and make their voices heard with their red-shirted gatherings against what they perceive to be an unjust system in Bangkok.