Report: Bersih 3.0 San Francisco, USA

  Location: San Francisco Bay Area, USA Time: 28 Apr, 11am -8UTC Number of participants: 130   Initially planned for Crissy Field (last year’s location), the event had to be moved at the last minute (3 days before) due to late announcement of road closure and demolition work which would have made traffic near impossible and noise unmanageable for speeches. The organizers finally agreed on Fort Mason, upon advice by the ranger granting permit. However, the late change caused confusion and the road closure deterred some people from attending.  The…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Hualien, Taiwan

Location: National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan Time: 28 Apr, 2pm +8UTC Number of participants: 55   2:00PM – Signing session   2:15PM – Welcoming massage and opening speech by Richard Yiap Richard thanked the NDHU and the Taiwanese people for supporting the struggle of the Malaysian people. On behalf of the participants, he firmly declared our full support for the eight demands of Bersih, and there should not be any compromised to these demands. He concluded that without a clean and fair electoral system, our dream to have a…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 New York City, USA

Location: Times Square, New York City, USA Time: 28 Apr, 11am -4UTC Number of participants: 250+     Arriving at Times Square, I was greeted by the chilly temperature and the bustling of pedestrians and tourists that flocked the streets. Checking the time on my phone, which was fifteen minutes to eleven, I headed to Duffy Square where the Bersih 3.0 New York City rally was scheduled to begin at 11 am. Arriving in the middle of the square, I was looking around for people dressed in yellow but they…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Wellington, New Zealand

Location: Wellington Cenotaph, Wellington, New Zealand Time: 28 Apr, 1pm +12UTC Number of participants: 60   A mixed demographic of Chinese, Malay and Indian Malaysians arrived at the rally, some arriving from as far as Palmerson North, either wearing or carrying yellow items: shirts, scarfs, raincoats, umbrellas, yellow signs with Bersih slogans, even a Pikachu doll. Some girls in Tudungs – students under JPA scholarships, came with their faces covered, for fear of having their scholarships revoked if spotted by people from the consulate – prior to the event, they…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Boston, USA

Location: Boston Common, Boston, USA Time: 28 Apr, 2pm -4UTC Number of participants: 60+   About 60-70 people show up in Boston’s event. We gather at Boston Common. Once the group has gathered we made posters and banners together, after that we took a group picture and had a brief about Bersih 3.0, read our 8 demands together. Everybody sat down and took turn to share their thought and wish to Malaysia. We keep silence for 30 sec to pay our respect to our fellow Malaysians who walked in KL…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Jakarta, Indonesia

Location: Liquid Exchange, Jakarta, Indonesia Time: 28 Apr, 1230pm +7UTC Number of participants: 90+   Bersih Jakarta was awesome and great success. Around 80-90 people joined us, where 95% of them were all main multiracial Malaysian who living and working for MNC, own business from greater Jakarta, rest of 5% consisted of Indonesians & Germans. We had speeches, sang our national anthem, shared Ambiga Bersih 3.0 note, we also made donations consisting of clothes and Rp 3,5juta (USD +/-400) to  a charity organization in Indonesia. A lot of pictures and…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Melbourne, Australia

Location: Melbourne, Australia Time: 28/4/2012 at 2.00 p.m. +10UTC Number of Participants: 1250+ Bersih Melbourne was a huge success, drawing crowds of more than 1,250 to gather peacefully at Federation Square. The atmosphere of the event was festive and fun and there was a wide range of Malaysians who attended this rally, from students to young people working in Melbourne and Malaysian families. There were also a significant amount of Australians in the crowd, most of who were unaware of the situation in Malaysia before the event. There was a…

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Tokyo, Japan

Location: Okachimachi Park, Tokyo, Japan Time: 28 Apr, 1pm +10UTC Number of participants: 200   Our rally was a success and ran without a hitch. We gathered at Okachimachi Park from 1-3pm as scheduled. We sang Negaraku. Ambiga’s message to Global Bersih was read out, we chanted Bersih:s 8 demands. We took photos. We had a group discussion. Negaraku was sung to close the gathering After that we retired to a Malaysian restaurant. A good time was had by all at the rally and the restaurant.

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Report: Bersih 3.0 Washington D.C., USA

Location: Washington DC, USA Time: 28 Apr, 2pm -4UTC Number of participants: 35   About 35 people showed up in support of Bersih 3.0 gathering in Washington DC. People coming from Virginia, Maryland, and local DC. We gather at Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The group was also surprised to see former US ambassador to Malaysia, John Malott. After briefing, we took a group picture and sing national anthem in front of tidal basin with National Monument in the background. Sign memorandum, Then we walked a 2.5 miles round trip loop…

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