With the authorities tightening their grip on tomorrow's Bersih 2.0 rally at Stadium Merdeka, Malaysians all over the world are being asked to rally along at the same time, in the interest of free and fair elections.
Showing solidarity for the movement, the Bersih 2.0 Global Solidarity Network in a statement today called for simultaneous rallies in 24 cities in 15 countries in Europe, East Asia, Australasia and America.
“Wherever we may be, we shall be wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying yellow banners, balloons and placards with peaceful slogans in support of clean and fair elections in Malaysia,” representatives of the global movement said.
“We are speaking out because we live in open democracies where the freedoms of speech and of peaceful assembly and the right to demonstrate are the norm rather than the exception.
“As is the case with the rally in Kuala Lumpur, we intend to gather peacefully and with dignity, and we shall do so without fear of water cannons, tear gas, police intimidation and brutality, or arbitrary arrests for dressing in yellow.
“We, ordinary Malaysian citizens around the world, are supporting Bersih 2.0 because we can and because we should.”
The Bersih 2.0 Global Solidarity Network stressed that the onus was now on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to “fulfill his duties and responsibilities” by acknowledging the “will of the people” and to allow the rally to proceed peacefully.
“With the proper cooperation of all government agencies, we are confident the gathering will be nothing more and nothing less than a peaceful expression of a just and legitimate cause.
“The eyes of the world are now on the prime minister and his government. In this pivotal moment that will surely define his legacy in the eyes of Malaysians as well as citizens and governments the world over, we urge him to rise to the occasion.”
The group urged Najib and his administration to support Bersih 2.0's call for electoral reform and to “respect” the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's advice in showing prudence and fairness in carrying out their duties entrusted to them by the people.
The Bersih 2.0 Global Solidarity Network also urged the inspector-general of police to release the nearly 200 detained in the recent crackdown on the movement, and to stop the “ongoing, systematic harassment” of Bersih 2.0 supporters.
In Asia, they are being planned in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The complete list of cities involved and their liaison persons has been posted online.
Joint Statement by Global BERSIH 2.0 on 8 July 2011, with updated list of BERSIH hotspots around the world
The BERSIH 2.0 Global Solidarity Network strongly supports the BERSIH 2.0 rally for Clean and Fair Elections in Malaysia on the 9th of July 2011.
We urge all Malaysians abroad to unite in solidarity with our Malaysian brothers and sisters at home by joining BERSIH 2.0 walks and other events in cities across the world (see below for complete list).
Malaysians have the constitutional right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech in keeping with international human rights norms.
As citizens, we demand free and fair elections, which provide the foundation a better, more democratic Malaysia. We support BERSIH 2.0’s eight points of electoral reform and call in addition for a ninth: suffrage for Malaysians residing abroad.
We, ordinary Malaysian citizens around the world, are supporting BERSIH 2.0 because we can and because we should. We believe that the future of Malaysia belongs to all our children and that together we can ensure that the legacy we leave them is a beautiful and just one. We are speaking out because we live in open democracies where the freedoms of speech and of peaceful assembly and the right to demonstrate are the norm rather than the exception.
As is the case with the rally in Kuala Lumpur, we intend to gather peacefully and with dignity, and we shall do so without fear of water cannon, tear gas, police intimidation and brutality, or arbitrary arrest for dressing in yellow. Wherever we may be, we shall be wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying yellow banners, balloons and placards with peaceful slogans in support of clean and fair elections in Malaysia. We shall be bringing our family members both young and old.
Together with Malaysians all over the world, we urge the Najib government to support electoral reform. Clean and fair elections are essential to developing a mature and open democracy, and to safeguard the integrity of our nation for future generations.
We call on the Prime Minister to respect DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's advice to His Majesty’s government to ‘show prudence and fairness in carrying out the duties entrusted to it by the Malaysian people’. We also urge the federal government and the Inspector-General of Police to follow this advice by releasing all those detained in connection with BERSIH 2.0, and stop the ongoing, systematic harassment of BERSIH 2.0 supporters.
It is not too late for the Prime Minister to fulfil his duties and responsibilities in a manner that becomes his office and to allow this gathering to proceed peacefully in recognition of the will of the people. With the proper cooperation of all government agencies, we are confident the gathering will be nothing more and nothing less than a peaceful expression of a just and legitimate cause.
The eyes of the world are now on the Prime Minister and his government, in this pivotal moment that will surely define his legacy in the eyes of Malaysians as well as citizens and governments the world over. We urge him to rise to the occasion.
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1 New Zealand 02:00PM Wellington – Malaysian High Commission
http://on.fb.me/jMlCwc Danielle Ng Tallon email@example.com
2 Australia 12:30PM Canberra –Parliament Front Entrance
http://on.fb.me/kBLI2H David Teoh firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Australia 02:00PM Sydney – Sydney CBD Town Hall
http://on.fb.me/j0RzYt David Teoh email@example.com
4 Australia 01:30PM Melbourne – Federation Square
http://on.fb.me/j0rDf1 David Teoh firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Australia 01:30PM Hobart - Parliament House Lawns, Salamanca Place
http://on.fb.me/jP0MWL Jason Lee email@example.com
6 Australia 01:30PM Perth – Malaysian Consulate-General, 252 Adelaide Terrace
http://on.fb.me/lihTnU David Teoh firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Australia 02:00PM Adelaide – Victoria square, Adelaide
http://on.fb.me/klaDdS Maverick Loh email@example.com
8 Australia 11:00AM Brisbane – Brisbane Square
http://on.fb.me/imhKwv Calvyn Tan http://facebook.com/calvyn.tan
9 Japan 03:00PM Osaka – Tower of the Sun
http://on.fb.me/mUGxvB Satya Arjunan firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Korea 03:00PM Seoul - Gwanghwamun Subway Station, Exit 6
http://on.fb.me/lgB4oQ Alfian Tahir email@example.com
Thency Gunasekaran firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Taiwan 02:00PM Taipei - The National Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall, Liberty Square,Taipei
http://on.fb.me/mIEOGW KM Chan email@example.com
12 Hong Kong 03:00PM Malaysian Consulate 50 Gloucester Rd
http://on.fb.me/lxYT2E Sze Wei firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Malaysia 02:00PM Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
http://tinyurl.com/5rvefz3 Dave McLaren email@example.com
14 Switzerland 02:00PM Zurich - Bahnhoffstrasse, Zurich, opposite Feldpausch
http://on.fb.me/lQq8qB Bala Chelliah firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Sweden 01:00PM Stockholm - Malaysian embassy, Stockholm Karlavägen 37
16 France 02:00PM Paris – Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, Place du Trocadéro
http://on.fb.me/joKlVQ Charis Quay email@example.com
17 England (UK) 12:00PM London – Malaysian High Commission, Belgrave Square
http://on.fb.me/kQ9fsQ Yolanda Augustin firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Scotland (UK) 12:00PM 10/7/11 Glasgow - George Square
http://on.fb.me/kAefYr Mesoul Bin Safie email@example.com
19 Ireland (UK and Republic) TBC 9/7/11 - Dublin, Belfast 10/7/11 – Cork, Limerick
http://tinyurl.com/68trlxm Bakhtiar Hasnawi firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Canada 09:00AM Ottawa – Parliament Hill
http://on.fb.me/kb5OY4 Angeline Woon email@example.com
21 United States 10:00AM New York City – Consulate General of Malaysia, 313 East 43rd Street
http://on.fb.me/lWrJ8l Leng Feng Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
22 United States 02:00PM Washington DC – Embassy of Malaysia, Washington ,3516 International Court Northwest
http://on.fb.me/l9XgH0 John Lee email@example.com
23 United States 09:30AM San Francisco – Chrissy Field Picnic Area, Presidio
http://on.fb.me/jehClH Chong Pin Lim http://facebook.com/chongpin
24 United States 12:00PM Los Angeles – Pershing Square, Downtown LA 532 South Olive Street
http://on.fb.me/iBJgM3 James Cheng http://facebook.com/chenglf
25 United States 12:00PM Chicago - Milennium Park (Cloud Gate/The Bean)
http://on.fb.me/rjGpaq Andrew Loh firstname.lastname@example.org