Monday, April 30, 2012
Day of 428 当天
We attended a Mass in the morning of 428.
We offered ourselves, our intentions and 428 to the Lord. We prayed for a peaceful and successful day.
At 10:30 am, we left for Sultan, one of the designated assembly points.
The Policemen along the roads to Jln Sultan were friendly and smiling, signifying a good day ahead.
Jln Sultan was packed with protesters as early as 9 am. It was a carnival-like atmosphere ... people shouting, singing and chatting... peaceful and orderly.
We started our march towards Dataran Merdeka at about 12 noon. The more than 15,000 strong crowd advancing slowly, orderly and peacefully.
It was a hot and sunny day but the emotion and spirit of the crowd was even hotter!
At 1:20pm, we reached police check point at Jln Hang Lekiu, in front of Malaysia Bar Council building. We were merely 200 meters away from Dataran Merdeka, our destination.
The crowd sat down, singing and shouting but very orderly and peaceful.
I later joined the crowd from Pasar Seni, another assembly point, at Lebuh Ampang. They were not be able to proceed further towards Datarn Merdeka also due to Police road block. They sat down,singing and chanting ... yet peaceful and orderly.
At about 2:30, crowd started to disperse due to no progress.
In fact I was walking towards Jln Pudu, SMS my daughter and nephew to meet me at our "safe location".
Suddenly, I saw water shooting from the direction of Bar Council Building where our group was there an hour ago.
I turned and walked back towards Lebuh Ampang, where Pasir Seni group was.
Then eyes started tearing .... must be the teargas floating in the air...
We quickened our pace to disperse .... we heard more "pong...". the firing of teargas towards our direction.
Unbelievably, teargas still flying at us, the dispersing crowd... the beastly Police wanted to kill us !
I put on my mask, wet my small towel. As the smoke got thicker, many people started coughing.
I opened a packet of salt, put some in my mouth, and also shared with those besides me.
Luckily no stampede. The crowd did not panic but remained calm in dispersing although many are tearing and coughing badly.
Excessive forces were used on peaceful and orderly assembly.
It was a successful 428 sit in protest rally. People has spoken.
The water cannon, teargas and violence from the police would make people more resolute:
1. Barisan government is a barbaric, inhuman regime. It uses teargas and water cannon freely to attack (and kill) its own people.
2. Malaysian police is a violent force that need not be accounted for its action. Policemen on riot control are animals.
3. Malaysians are more united and resolute in changing this government.
Whoever support this government are perpetrators of crime against own fellow citizens.
(All pictures in Facebook)
(Video in Youtube)
（Innocent victim of Police teargas Youtube)