It is now a week since Bersih 3.0.
I couldn't really make much sense of what happened- to the Police, that is- for them to unleash the violence which they claim was provoked by the protesters at Dataran, when the barriers were breached.
One moment they were all relaxed and cool- the next, vicious rottweilers attacking those they are entrusted to protect.
Me- I was with the Medical Team walking from Brickfileds, thru Jln Tan Cheng Lock to Pasar Seni .... then on to Masjid Jamek (carrying an +/- 8kg backpack with equipments/supplies). We were there to provided medical services to anyone who may have needed it.
During the walk from Brickfields- everything was really cool (except the sun- which was blistering hot). I was actually impressed with the restraint shown by the police, and was actually full of praise for them ...
But suddenly I heard someone say "We are under Attack!! We are under attack!!" the walkie-talkie .... then pops of the tear gas.
Then we started going about with the work we came for- courtesy of the Pasukan D'Rottweiler Malaysia ... and as they say, the rest is history.
During that time, I chose to focus on my work, and so didn't pay much attention to what was happening around me- but I was horrified to see what actually took place via Facebook/ YouTube/ images/accounts/articles later that night.
And all these injuries/violence and criminal intimidation was over
An Empty Patch of land with Cow Grass??!!
What could the worst outcome of the "breach of barricades" have been? "Occupation" of public space by the public? Isn't that what it is for?
Datuk Bandar/IGP/Hishamudin fears Damage to the grass?
What- do our KL Datuk Bandar, Home Minister or the PDRM need the Cow Grass so badly for their meals or something?
Yeah- maybe they really are cows up there ...
Here are some excerpts of an account- from a journalist himself ...
"In all my years as a journalist, I have never felt
as threatened and intimidated
as I did that day.
And I am one who has reported in conflict zones
such as Afghanistan, Lebanon and Pattani.