Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ummah Solidarity: Hur! Hur! Hoorah!!

Rival groups unified in protest [vid]
By Andrew Ong, malaysiakini Aug 9, 08 4:10pm
In a rare display of solidarity, rival Muslim groups today put aside their political differences and joined forces in protest of a controversial forum on the Federal Constitution.
Although they appeared to have a uniform objective, the crowd appeared to have split into two entities - Umno-linked and opposition-linked - as the protest drew on.
> Same objective, different methods
> Relatively incident-free

Protest stops Bar Council conversions forum
Several hundred protesters demonstrated outside the Bar Council forum on conversions to Islam Saturday morning, with some forcing their way into the hall as police called on the organizers to wrap up proceedings by 10am.
Witnesses said several protesters entered the building escorted by police, stood in the middle of the hall and stared at the several hundred participants attending the "Conversion to Islam: Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini & Shamala Revisited" forum. The protesters had gathered since 8am and brought out banners criticizing and condemning the forum which has received objections from both government and opposition leaders.
At 9.25am, Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan interrupted the forum to say the police have advised them to wrap it up by 10am as protest still going on outside the building. The forum began at 8.45am.
At about 10.15am, the protesters were seen trying to barge into the building to end the forum but Unit Amal members, who were squeezed between the riot police and the protesters, managed to stop them.
Ambiga closed the forum 3 minutes before 10am deadline.

Harsher actions if Bar Council holds more forums on religion, warn Muslim protesters
By Adib Zalkapli, m/insider
pix: Police face off the protestors outside the Bar Council building. — Pictures by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 — Muslim protesters threatened to take harsher actions against the Bar Council if it holds similar forums on religion. The group of about 300 protesters managed to shut down the controversial council forum on conversions to Islam today.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Zulkifli Noordin, who took the lead this morning to address the protesters, said: "If they do it again we will take stern action."
The first-term Kulim Bandar Baharu MP, who is also a lawyer, declared their protest a success after the forum was declared closed a little before 10am after the police advised the organisers to end it due to the noisy protest outside and in the hall. The forum was supposed to end at 1pm.
The protesters shouted
"Allahu Akbar" (God is Great),
"Hancur Bar Council" (Destroy Bar Council),
Hidup Islam" (Long Live Islam) and
"Death to the Jews".
Before the forum ended, Zulkifli told the protesters that the forum organiser was trying to challenge the position of Islam.
"I have negotiated with the Dang Wangi police to stop the forum at 9.30am or else we will act," he said. – MORE

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