Anti-ISA protests magnified by FRU suppression

By Ktemoc

Very stressful, hasn't it been in today's march against the ISA? Stressful for both the government and the protestors.

However, the organizers of the protest have assessed today's anti-ISA staged rallies as a success, and they are right. They have successfully captured the nation's and international attention that the Malaysian people are against the government's misuse of the ISA.

And the ar$eluck for the governmet is that this would be the general impression even if only 25% of the people supported the anti-ISA movement.

Worse, the attempted police suppression of the protesors has only martyr-ised each and every one of the participants … exactly the outcome the Pakatan leaders would have wanted.

The government might have wished the protest rallies hadn't ocurred but alas, it did. In my opinion, the ministers (PM, Home and Information) handled the protests abysmally.

Visualize an alternative scenario – what if the government had allowed the peaceful protest to proceed unimpeded?

Yes, there would still be a protest march and ….. [consider an absence of the FRU with all its attention grabbing characteristics like chemical spraying machines, tear gas and praetorian guards and their baton charges] ….. then what???

The political effect would be very much, indeed significantly, reduceD.