Pictures by Charles Santiago in Batu Caves here.
Update from blog reader RastamanJB in JB:
The SMSes were flying till late evening asking all Hindus to gather at the nearest temple to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Great March.
I headed to the temple nearest to my abode… and a real surprise awaited me! A huge banner with the faces of the 5 ISAed heroes was strung across the entrance of the temple. Below their pictures was some message that stated special prayers for the 5 would be held at 8.00pm.
I was there at about 7.00pm and could see the events unfolding as the clock ticked away. Slowly the crowd swelled and there was equal representation by women folk as well.
The theme for the day was to light 18 ghee lights (to denote the 18 requests as contained in the memo) and chanting of prayers for the well being of the 5.
As the crowd grew to almost 100… dem men in the blue arrived in a van that appeared similar to the pasar malam van. They crept into the temple grounds and started taking video and camera shots of the crowd from various angles. Some were in uniform while others were plain clothes.
The crowd just had no time to be bothered by their presence. Just a cursory glance, and it was back to prayers and chants.
The men in blue took photos of the large banner and were seen loitering aimleesly. Another bloke took photos of all the cars that were parked alongside the temple grounds.
As the prayers were winding down, all those present lit up small oil lamps and circled the temple. They were totally unfazed by the police presence. A short speech was made (by one of the 26 detainees of last year’s Batu Caves arrest) requesting all to continue praying for the five heroes’ well being and welfare.
The speech was recorded by dem men in blue. The unity shown by the attendees was of utmost calmness and the cops were, I think, very frustrated. Finally, food was served and some of the attendees were kind enough to ask the cops to join in the makan. Of course they smiled away wryly.
The gathering was over by 9.00pm and there were no shouts or cries.