I arrived at Pasar Seni at just about 2:00pm.
Whilst waiting to gather, someone from my group made friends with a lady who had come alone. She's a mother of three, and she felt very strongly about the requests that Bersih is making, and she came alone, even though she could not convince her husband, siblings or friends to come along. It's a small,small world as it turns out that I used to teach her daughter in Sunday School!
ordinary people, that's what we are.
those of us who took part in the march are ordinary people.
a mum, a sunday school teacher.
we're nothing special.
we're just greatly concerned for the country.
You wanna hear something funny?
Up till like 2:15, someone remarked that there were hardly any yellow shirts around. They were all tucked under the shirts they were wearing or safely hidden in their bags. Everyone was still a little afraid to let it out. Then Lulu said, hey! there are three guys here in yellow! they so brave.... then as they came closer,... oh... it's tianchua and his machai :D
2.35pm: About 500 protesters to march from Pasar Seni towards Dataran Merdeka in heavy rain followed by 100 riot police. The group is led by Bersih leader Tian Chua, accompanied with shouts of Daulat Tuanku (Long live the King).
If you look carefully below the red arrow [sorry-la, it was taken whilst i was walking in the rain], you'd see the police there. They were marching behind us, and the sound of their boots hitting against the ground and the sound of the helicopters overhead can be very intimidating.
2.40pm: The 500 Pasar Seni marchers are met by 100 riot police about 50 metres from Dataran Merdeka. There are minor clashes but police have formed two lines of barricades, resulting in a stand-off.
We have just passed the Bar Council, and the march was slowing down. People were moving towards the left side of the road, to the Bank Buruh (i think) building. I was somewhere in the back and was not sure exactly what was going on, but as I moved forward, I realised that it was that the Police were blocking the road as it was leading to Dataran Merdeka.
There were some youngsters who looked like they were ready to "push" the police, but the Bersih organisers had everything under control and re-routed us through a backlane and brought us to Jln Kinabalu. (not sure if that's the name of the road, but its the Dayabumi/old British Council road)
We walked past the mosque, which by that time, the protestors had alread made their way to the istana. but the police were still around, waiting for the marchers to return
Do you remember what Bersih is marching for?
the key immediate demands of BERSIH, are:
* The use of indelible ink to prevent double-voting;
* The abolishment of postal votes;
* Clean-up of the electoral roll;
* Equal and fair access to national media.
We're still working on it.
We seek your support, for a better Malaysia!
Part 2 : hopefully tomorrow.
The bits in blue were taken from Malaysiakini LIVE reports : The Bersih Rally