Location: Siegessäule (Berlin’s Victory Column), facing the world famous Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany
Time: 28 Apr, 2pm +0UTC
Number of participants: 40+
40 participants, with 1/4 are non Malaysians International Bersih supporters (Many Germans, an Italian, an Indonesian) joined the rally . 2 Police officers came up to me and handed me a letter with the confirmation number for this gathering event I notified them. And then they stationed nearby just dedicated to safeguard our safety until we finished our rally.
We distributed yellow flyers in both german and english language to the public. We told them about the issue and invited them to sign for support. Everyone was involving themselves in helping to set up the rally, for example, writing on placards. The climax of the event was when we kicked start the sit-in protest by gathering everyone sitting together in front of huge yellow banner. First , a simple welcome speech by organiser (me), then led the protesters into chanting slogans. Then we stood up straight and sang National anthem ‘Negaraku’. We took group photos after this.
We had Malaysian artists (art students, one in Netherlands, one in Berlin) providing us 12 graffiti Bersih-anti Lynas theme posters to decorate the venue. We had a special Penangite cook providing the participants with Self-baked Karipaps. We had the warmest day so far in year 2012. Many of the participants came from other cities in Germany, such as Hamburg, Hannover, Oldenburg, Dresden. A few traveling Malaysians happened to know our event and just joined us for the rally in time.