Friday, May 17, 2013

Black 505 Rallies

The post-GE13 protest rally against electoral fraud – referred to as “Black 505” – organized in Kelana Jaya on May 08, 2013 continued to spread its tumultuous tentacles. Three days later, on May 11, another massive rally was organized in the Batu Kawan stadium in Penang which was attended by more than 80,000 people. Blogger Susan Loone observed that 85 percent of the multiracial crowd consisted of young men and women – a good sign.

Photo by Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Copyright @Demotix

Photo by Firdaus Jongket, Copyright @Demotix

The following night, there was another "Black 505" rally held in Medan Istana, Ipoh that attracted 30,000 people.

These protests also turned on the UMNO-owned daily Utusan Malaysia and UMNO-linked daily Berita Harian to take aim at the “black rallies”, painting them as Chinese-dominated and violent.

Utusan Malaysia’s front page read: ‘Young Chinese monopolises illegal rallies’ followed by several photographs of Chinese participants in such protests on page 6 under the title ‘DAP continues to trigger provocation’.

It had claimed that “tens of thousands of young Chinese” had flooded the first rally in Kelana Jaya and “about 70 percent of the crowd was Chinese” during the second rally in Penang.

“These Chinese youths are expected to continue giving undivided support to the series of rallies that will be held nationwide,” its report read.

And Berita Harian said the series of black rallies was a continuation of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s penchant for street demonstrations.

Then there was Kuantan which also saw 30,000 people assembling at Jalan Beserah on May 14. And again, about the same number of people flocked to Ulu Tiram for the fifth "Black 505" rally held in Johor Bahru on May 15.

It is not confined to the country. This video clip taken in Melbourne, Australia shows that the protests are spreading everywhere and the change momentum cannot be stopped:

The "Black 505" rallies only go to show how much the rakyat want change!

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