Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rose rally which turned ugly

Since Saturday, I have been answering calls & smses asking the whereabout of Mahen. Mahen, you have to pay me if you want me to be your secretary la :P. Kidding! Kidding! To those who are clueless, it was all about a Rose Rally, which turned ugly in the end.

What is Rose Rally?
It is suppose to be peaceful rally in which 100 children will hand over roses to request the Prime Minister of Malaysia to release five (5) detainees of the HINDRAF, who are currently under Internal Security Act (A draconian law which allows for indefinite detention without trial). These five detainees had earlier voiced their concern in the ever deteriorating state of the Indian minority in Malaysia and in a broader sense to provide equal platform for all Malaysians for the enhancement of the society.This peaceful gathering is legal and is in accordance to Article 10 of the Malaysian Federal Constitution. (More)

The rally was to be held in few cities around the world. So far, Raaja has updated his blog with photos and news of the rally in Los Angles, New York and Malaysia.


Why it turned ugly?
I wasn't there to comment on it, but for a fair share of news, I took some excerpts from leading media around the world:

Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up a rally on Saturday by ethnic Indians demanding racial equality ahead of general elections.

Malaysian police used water cannon and tear gas on Saturday to break up an anti-government protest by ethnic Indians carrying roses to symbolise a peaceful demand for justice. With the Malaysian government concerned about street protests in the run-up to early general elections on March 8, around 100 policemen, including riot police with helmets and shields, turned out to disperse a gathering of about 300 men, women and children.
Source: Reuters


Malaysian security forces have used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by ethnic Indians in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.More than 20 people taking part in the banned march were detained by police.
Source: BBC

Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up an illegal rally Saturday by ethnic Indians demanding racial equality ahead of general elections.The group planned to hand roses and a protest note to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, but police banned the rally citing national security.
Source: CNN


On Saturday about 300 men, women and children were dispersed by about 100 policemen, including riot police with helmets and shields."Police were too rough. They used their power," said S Manikavasagam, a spokesman for the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), the ethnic Indian group that organised the protest.
Source: Al Jazeera

More than 60 people — including two leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force, or Hindraf, that organised the protest — have been detained in a police crackdown since late Friday, said lawyer N Surendran, a Hindraf member. The group planned to hand roses and a protest note to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, but police banned the rally citing national security.

Source: Sify News

Back to the beginning of the post, what does it have to do with Mahen?
Our darling blogger went to give a rose to the PM as well, and get caught. Mahen, I already told you that day. You might as well give me the rose! But, he looked macho in this picture:

Photo taken by FotoWarung. More photos here and here.


He wrote his experience here and JD, a blogger who went to the rally also wrote his personal experience here. As for me, Malaysia would be the only country in the history which fired water cannon and tear gas for giving roses.

11 comments:

ratu syura said...

I saw the picture of Mahen from his Facebook and I was shocked at first.. But then again, he looks like a Bollywood hero la.. LOL! Yalah, should have given the rose to you!! :D

Jeevan said...

it was really shock and sorrow to know that children were also arrested by police :(

Hope peace returns there.

bmahendran said...

:O hahahahahahhaha

will give u a rose personally la ;)


-speechless-

Robb said...

man,~ mahen is such a bollywood hero. Seriously, i think some directors would consider signing him if they see his picture. Lol.

puvanan said...

Crack ah Mahen! Siap posing with cooling glasses! hahahaha :D

Seal in Astral said...

lets re phrasse it: "Rose rally which was made to turned ugly"

CJane said...

Ya la, Ammu. He should've given the rose to you instead. LOL!

PS: He DOES look like a Bollywood actor. No acting contract so far ar? *hee*

tulipspeaks said...

@ ratu syura

hehehe.. absoultely correct!;)


@ jeevan

tht was a stupid and odd move by the police.
thanks.



ammu.

tulipspeaks said...

@ mahen

yea ke? *blink blink

ithe eppo la nadekum?



@ robb

hehehehe. tht was a good one!



ammu.

tulipspeaks said...

@ pu

hehehe.. yaarode la anthe glasses?



@ seal in astral

true indeed.


ammu.

tulipspeaks said...

@ cjane

looks like no contract so far. may be we should try to get him one from the local movie producers :P



ammu.