A group of pro-ISA rowdies, who called themselves the ‘silent majority’, were anything but. They were loud and clearly aimed to agitate and disrupt the peaceful anti-ISA vigil in Penang.
This video by citizen journalist Jimmy Leow.
Despite being confronted by baton-wielding riot police and sprayed by water cannon, courageous campaigners from the Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) holding a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the detained Hindraf Five on 5 January 2007 succeeded in getting their message across: they want an end to this draconian law.
Aliran exco member Dr Prema Devaraj (left) along with other representatives from Penang civil society groups holding a candlelight vigil at the junction of busy Penang Road and Kimberley Street on the night of 13 December. They were calling for the right to freedom
of assembly to be respected on a day which saw five Hindraf leaders
detained under the ISA and in the wake of a series of arrests of other peaceful demonstrators. Police can be seen literally breathing down the necks of those gathered.