Saturday, April 28, 2012
Larger Bersih turnout, but violence may play into Umno’s hands
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) initial joy at a larger crowd for this year’s Bersih rally turned sour after demonstrators broke down barricades and engaged in open battles with police yesterday, giving Umno hawks fodder ahead of coming elections. “This will be widely contested over the media the next couple of days,” said political analyst Ong Kian Ming. After police fired tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators, some retaliated by attacking a police car whose driver tried to speed away but lost control and eventually crashed into a few rally-goers.