About 15 hecklers created a ruckus to try and disrupt a vigil by about 200 people for Maria – and Zunar, who is being released – at the Penang Esplanade this evening.
This is part of a culture of attempts at mob rule by suspicious groups who want to infringe on the basic rights of ordinary Malaysians to freedom of assembly and of expression.
Bersih North coordinator Toh Kin Woon thanked the police for managing the ruckus.
After taking shelter from the rain in the porch of the Council building, the crowd attending the vigil then moved to Speaker’s Corner when the skies cleared at dusk.
Earlier today, the Aliran annual general meeting was held with members unanimously calling for the unconditional release of Maria and Zunar. Aliran also proposed that Malaysians hold daily prayers at dusk for Maria’s release, either in groups or individually, according to our respective religious traditions, until she is finally released.
The group also elected its first woman president Dr Prema Devaraj. Read the Aliran statement here.