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Grounds for dissent in a KL coffee party
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Dressed in black, the colour of protest, 200 activists sat at cafe tables quietly drinking coffee — black, of course. Bewildered, police stood outside and watched the coffee drinkers without interfering.how many did you find?
The protest at three cafes in Kuala Lumpur was their way around a ban on unauthorised protests. It was the latest twist in a row over the governing Barisan Nasional coalition’s seizure of power in Perak.
“Police were coming down hard on us and so we used this unique way to protest and tell people to demand an election in Perak,” said Wong Chin Huat, a protest leader and academic at the city’s Monash University campus. “We managed to send the message across.”
However, Sunday’s protest — which the academic called a “mild form” of civil disobedience — did not last long. Within half an hour, the managers of the cafes — outlets of the popular Old Town White Coffee chain — had ushered the protesters and other customers out the door. A spokeswoman said the three were shutting temporarily for “regular maintenance and renovations”.
She said it was unfair of protesters to use the chain’s outlets for the protest. “We have loyal patrons who are unhappy with so many people suddenly appearing all wearing black, which we associate with death. This is very bad for business.”
Undeterred, pro-opposition NGOs yesterday announced they would repeat the protest tomorrow — at seven Old Town outlets in the capital and Penang. The protesters, who announced the location of the protests via the social networking website Facebook, urged the coffee company not to close the outlets.
“We are only drinking coffee and paying for it,” one protest leader said. “They make money, we get our message across.”
This time, police will be waiting for them. “We are monitoring the targeted outlets and if necessary will arrest any person wearing black as they approach the outlets,” a police spokesman said. — South China Morning Post
1. i dont think there were 200
2. nope, no bewildered police standing outside and watching the coffee drinkers
3. no attempts on Sunday, though there was an attempt on Thursday
4. no managers of outlets ushering protestors out the door
5. no sudden shutting temporarily whilst customers were still halfway minum-ing kopi thought some outlets were tiba-tiba closed on Thursday for “regular maintenance and renovations”.
need to be confirmed
1. Wong Chin Huat speaking to the reporter
2. Spokesperson of coffee house speaking to the reporter
3. black being associated with death. Maybe this is personal. Some associate it with bad luck, others as being cool.
4. The police waiting for protesters tomorrow.
The piece weaved fiction with some events that actually happened. Something happened on Thursday, but not the way he is reporting it.
For a more correct account, please read Malaysiakini's Black T-shirts yes, but no 'White Coffee' in PJ Jun 4, 09 7:41pm
For those who plan to visit Old Town White Coffee in Petaling Jaya tonight, be warned that two of its outlets have closed ostensibly for ‘upgrading’.
A visit to the Old Town outlets in Jaya One in Section 13 (left) and Three Two Square in Section 19 this afternoon indicated that both places have drawn their shutters.
While it cannot be confirmed, the unexpected closure of the well-known ‘kopitiam’ in Petaling Jaya is believed to be related to an invitation in popular social networking site Facebook for Malaysians to participate in a ‘1BLACKAfterWorkCoffee’ session at these two outlets.
According to the Facebook invitation, a number of ‘Black shirt’ activists will be present at the event, including Bersih spokesperson Wong Chin Huat and Teratai state assemblyperson Jenice Lee.
Hundreds plan to have Kopi-O
Facebook has two invitations for the event tonight, where 134 people have confirmed to have a cup of Kopi-O in the Old Town outlet at Jaya One.
Another 138 are planning to go to Three Two Square (right).
It is unclear how many of the hundreds of Old Town White Coffee outlets nationwide have decided to call an early day aside from the two in Petaling Jaya.
It is reported that its outlet in Old Klang Road is also closed.