Did Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim instigate the unruly Bersih mob to provoke and attack police personnel? (Pic by: Hussein Shaharuddin/ The Mole)
Was the Bersih 3.0 riots on the streets of Kuala Lumpur a success as claimed by its co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan?
A Bersih participant has come out to question Ambiga’s acclaimed victory pointing that the demonstration was in fact hijacked by politicians.
Lydiawati Osman, who claimed to have been on the street to support Bersih’s ‘publicised cause’ said “There is one reason and one reason only to proclaim Bersih 3.0 a 'success' and that is because a handful of protestors led by rowdy members of the opposition managed to provoke the police to react."
Describing how the rally was peaceful at first, Lydiawati claimed the troublemaker segment of the crowd chose to listen to opposition leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali who pushed them to break down the police barricade in Dataran Merdeka.
Lydiawati said the rioting happened despite earlier announcement by Ambiga who urged the crowd to disperse before the water gas and water cannons were fired towards the unruly crowd.
"I will never march again if Anwar and his troublemakers are allowed to take over what belonged to civil society," Lydiawati added in her e-mail which was published in Hulu Selangor Member of Parliament P.Kamalanathan’s blog.
The Bersih street violence on Saturday saw public properties vandalised, police vehicles damaged and police personnel attacked.
In the wake of the Bersih riots there has been calls for the Government to take stringent measures to prevent a recurrence of such incidents in the country.
A blog post at Just My Thoughts stated: "Enough is enough, NO MORE #Bersih. It has degenerated into a violent anti Government demo and is a clear and present danger to Malaysian Society."
The blogger, Eddy Daud, also published a video and several images recording the mob attack against the police.
"Ambiga and her Bersih mob should stop taking their complaints to the streets, start engaging the SPR (Election Commission) like a normal civil society movement, otherwise stop calling yourself one, as you are behaving like an Uncivil society,” Eddy said.
Another blog post at Stop The Lies described Saturday’s rally as an attempt to promote mob rule and violence.
The post also stated the initial peaceful protest was marred when it was hijacked by agent provocateurs who provoked the crowd to go against the police orders.
"It was made worse when PKR deputy president Azmin Ali challenged the crowd that Dataran Merdeka did not belong to DBKL and asked them if they wanted to take over the historic square.
"Barricades were dismantled by the protesters who then gained entry into Dataran Merdeka. Police had no choice but to fire tear gas at the crowd which turned unruly,” the post said.
Since Saturday the social media sites and blogs are flooded with still pictures and video recording of the ugly incident.
The existence of doctored pictures and Youtube videos have also been highlighted.