Bersih2.0 rally

Yesterday, Malaysians created history in realising the dreams of a more democratic country and electoral reform.

The BERSIH 2.0 rally took place at various point of KL city centre before merging into larger group en route marching towards Merdeka Stadium.

Malaysians started their historic day by getting to ground few hours before the rally started at about 2pm. Despite roadblocks at key junctions and roads in Kuala Lumpur, traffic is smooth from the low number of vehicles, but traffic is gridlocked at the outskirts as police weed out possible protestors.

The majority of the police are stationed at the favourite haunts for protestors - Dataran Merdeka, the Masjid Jamek area and the Sogo shopping centre.

By 9:50 am, the number of Bersih 2.0 supporters at the KTM Kuala Lumpur old railway station is growing.

> In 9.55am (MalaysiaKini): Petaling Street - A diminutive retiree, who only wants to be known as Anne, says freedom is precious.

"I am old, but I am walking (with Bersih) because they are taking away my freedom, I can't even wear a yellow shirt now," she said when met.

"When I was young I didn't do anything. I was in the education service and I had to stomach (misgovernance) like sheep because it was my bread and butter," she said.

The feisty woman, who had her details taken down by police this morning for wearing a bright yellow shirt, was part of the Bersih rally in 2007.

She is walking alone today, "because it's easier to work alone".

Asked of her children's reaction to her decision, Anne, who chided a reporter for asking her age, said her children told her to "have a nice walk".

Meanwhile, the situation of major/hotspot LRT stations police are keeping close watch. Arrests was done earlier at Masjid Jamek.

Two women in red and pink respectively have been nabbed by the police and found several strips of red cloth on them. One of them read a newspaper as she was lead away by a female cop.

The first rally broke out when bout 1,000 people are moving from the old KTM station towards Dataran Merdeka.

At Jalan Landak, Pudu, some 200 people have started to gather, preparing for the rally.

The day started out as one of many routine Saturdays and by evening, had turned into one that will be marked in history as a day the people of Malaysia are proud to have stood up for.

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