Bersih 2.0: Day of arrests

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Yesterday saw a spate of arrests – all in connection with Bersih, and more police action follows today.

Last night, Khairul Anuar (also known as Jonah) was arrested for wearing a yellow Bersih T-shirt at a gerai in Uptown Shah Alam near the site of a proposed Bersih 2.0 road-show event. Jonah was questioned about each of the eight Bersih demands before he was released. The Bersih 2.0 event, to raise awareness of the coalition’s demands, had been planned for 10.00pm in Uptown. But Bersih said in a statement it could not proceed as planned due to the heavy presence of the police, who had cordoned off the whole area surrounding Uptown, blocking organisers and participants.

According to lawyer Latheefa Koya, another Pas member was also arrested in Shah Alam. He was carrying a bundle of Bersih T-shirts.

Earlier yesterday, seven activists from Parti Sosialis Malaysia were arrested for leafleting in Kluang in connection with their “Udalah” campaign. The police deemed the materials to be seditious. Among those arrested were Letchimi Devi, Josephine, Shanta, Jaya, William and Saravanan.

The police are now calling key members of the Bersih steering committee to report to the police station. Six have been called: Bersih 2.0 steering committee chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah, Teresa Kok, Hishamuddin Rais, Lawyers for Liberty cordinator Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan. Not yet sure what their response is going to be.

Meanwhile at 1.20pm, Nizar tweeted: “Dipanggil polis sepang, banting, bangi kerana semasa brcramah ada sebut himpunan bersih & ajak hadirin bersama! tak bolih & salah rupanya!

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Bersih had earlier announced solidarity rallies on 9 July in Seoul, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Osaka, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York had been confirmed.

For the record, here is a screen shot of a Star (Malay version) poll on the Bersih rally in the mstar.com.my website. Thanks to the reader who captured the screen-shot on 22 June and sent it in:

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Bazira
Bazira
26 Jun 2011 12.37pm

The government should learn from events that happened in the Middle-East where repression of civil rights would eventually lead to uncontrollable mass anti-government protests. On on side we have pro-PR supporting clean, fair and transparent election. On the other hand, we have pro-BN NOT supporting clean, fair and transparent election. Can it be more obvious which side to choose? Clear as daylight. Bersih atau Kotor. Even a toddler can pick. The rally’s main aim is to ask the government of the day to open their ears and eyes. There are flaws in the system and without resolving them, they’re open… Read more »

Han Chiang
Han Chiang
25 Jun 2011 4.14pm

The Star aiding barang naik regime passing verdicy on Anwar Ibrahin (headline in sat star : It’s Anwar).

Wong Choo Wai awaiting in line for … title with such effort(?)

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
25 Jun 2011 9.43pm
Reply to  Han Chiang

I told you so !!!

Andrew I
Andrew I
26 Jun 2011 11.01am
Reply to  Gerakan K

Ya, it’s that predictable that even someone with an IQ as low as yours would have guessed the outcome correctly.

Erwin
Erwin
26 Jun 2011 11.52am
Reply to  Han Chiang

Why should we waste money buying The Star or to read its biased reporting?

Yang
Yang
25 Jun 2011 1.31pm

The last time it was in black. Now it is yellow. Sooner or later we will be shirtless.

Yang
Yang
25 Jun 2011 1.28pm

Tomorrow more than 150 members of our club will be having a walkathon up to the Air Itam Dam. All our T shirts are printed and already distributed and it is in yellow. What should we do!!!!!!

sunnyooi
sunnyooi
25 Jun 2011 6.25pm
Reply to  Yang

As long as they are not ‘clean’ then its ok.

KK Tan
KK Tan
26 Jun 2011 1.01pm
Reply to  sunnyooi

Hishammuddin should stop the madness where a person can be detained by police for wearing Bersih 2.0 T-shirt, as if he/she is more dangerous than Osama bin Laden

tunglang
tunglang
26 Jun 2011 2.50pm
Reply to  Yang

If your head is Bersih, that’s a threat!
If your head is Kotor, that’s AOK mah!
How’s that for morality of a nation.

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
26 Jun 2011 10.29pm
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Andrew I
Andrew I
27 Jun 2011 12.11am
Reply to  Gerakan K

Toilet paper morality.

Yang
Yang
27 Jun 2011 9.48am
Reply to  Gerakan K

Tell that to Chua Sai Lek. Tell that to UMNO Malacca CM who has been found guilty of politic. Yes also tell that to the one concerning Altatunya. Soooooooooooo many more. Also Tell that to one ex-CM of Malacca. Yes tell that to the 3 trio. Morality is to show porn movies.

tunglang
tunglang
27 Jun 2011 3.51pm
Reply to  Gerakan K

Play Dirty, my old man.
Play Cukup-Cukup Kotor!
One of which is screening X-rated video in public.