Sunday, October 13, 2019

Climate Protesters on Capitol Hill, Washington DC Arrested

Jane Fonda (in bright red overcoat) is seen being arrested during a climate protest in Capitol Hill, Washington DC in USA, October 11, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media.

Ten minutes of protesting on the steps of Washington DC’s Capitol Building – the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the US federal government – and Jane Fonda and fifteen others were arrested. 

It was a climate protest and a demand for urgent action to protect the environment. 

The 81-year-old film star, longtime activist and exercise guru (left) who chanted climate action slogans Friday was handcuffed and led away. 

If you check the photo above, you can see that it was just a small group of protesters but in the same photo, you can already count eleven police officers. I’m pretty sure there must have been other police officers who were there too – but they’re not captured in the said photo. 

Compare this to the Hong Kong situation. From the many photos and videos, where the protesters assemble, the Hong Kong police appear vastly outnumbered.

Hong Kong police in anti-riot gear stand watch as protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves near the Legislative Council in Central, HK on June 12, 2019

And, even as the police confront the agitators who block and barricade streets – they still show tremendous tolerance and restraint. The Hong Kongers should appreciate the fact that they have generally been treated with kid gloves.

If these yobs are in Washington, New York, LA or anywhere in the US and spawn mayhem as they have done to Hong Kong – you can expect National Guard troops to be mobilized and let loose among the rabble-rousers. And believe me, they will gladly use maximum force to quell any unrest. 

Anyway, the climate protest may become a familiar sight on Capitol Hill. 

Fonda, who starred in movie classics like Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978), 9 to 5 (1980) and On Golden Pond (1981), has vowed that she and other activists would be returning to Capitol Hill “every Friday at 11:00, rain or shine or snow or blizzard or whatever” to rally on behalf of the climate. 

Last Thursday, I was at a Malay-speaking Toastmasters Club meeting in Sunway Mentari in Selangor – my third meeting of the day. 

I presented another CC#6 speech titled “Sengsara”. 

This KPP Toastmasters meeting saw the biggest attendance in our brief history – there were ten of us, of which eight are Toastmasters.

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