Another peaceful assembly in Kuala Lumpur - this time in front of the US Embassy (sadly the news report is not very clear about the issue/s that led to the protest)...
An urgent response like a peaceful assembly has to be done fast - the imposition of giving notices in advance, like 10 days - are obviously absurd...
For a peaceful assembly - there must not be any restrictions - maybe a request for organisers to just inform the police..
Now, in Malaysia - the police behave as though they have the POWER to say "YES' or 'No' to the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly. The police must remember their role - they are public servants. All they need to do is maybe to be around to ensure that the exercise of the right of peaceful assembly and protest is carried out without obstruction by others. Maybe, also to ensure smooth traffic flow..
Crowd protests at US embassy over Al-Aqsa intrusion
Al-Aqsa mosque anger misguided – Mahsa Amiri
First, it was not a routine event devoted to Quds Day, which is normally held on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Several people were injured. Outraged by the accident, Malaysian activists from more than 40 non-governmental organisations decided to pass the note of protest to the American embassy, the main ally of Israel, which according to their idea must take immediate action against Tel Aviv or at least issue a statement. It appears that with the passage of time protesters appealing to the Palestinian cause find themselves in the snarl of various struggles and causes under the same flag.
The big question about this protest is if the participants were aware about the history, structure of the conflict, its actors, beneficiaries and nature, to see the United States as the main evil-doer in the whole story?
* Mahsa Amiri reads The Malaysian Insider.
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