Malaysia

Global Bersih movement kicks off with Melbourne

People march in support of Bersih 2.0, in Melbourne, July 9, 2011.People march in support of Bersih 2.0, in Melbourne, July 9, 2011.KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — While the police intensify efforts to stop Bersih 2.0 supporters from gathering here this morning, Malaysians across globe have already begun to rally in support of free and fair elections.

According to eyewitness accounts from Melbourne, Australia, some 750 marchers brandishing banners and placards in Bersih 2.0’s signature yellow have gathered at Federation Square to call for electoral reforms in Malaysia.

In Wellington, New Zealand, a group of about 10 people reportedly stood together while encouraging passing cars to honk their horns to indicate support.

At Bersih 2.0 New Zealand’s Facebook fan page, it was reported that a mini rally was held at the University of Canterbury.

About five hours ago, a supporter posted details on the various gatherings in New Zealand, calling on participants to meet at a car park in Church Corner, Christchurch; the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington; Morgan Street, Newmarket, in Auckland; and Royal Oat Mall, also in Auckland at a different time.

Bersih 2.0, a Malaysian-based coalition comprising 62 non-governmental organisations, have called on all Malaysians across the globe to participate in today’s rally, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the city centre here.

Malaysians living in at least 24 cities in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US are expected to take part in the rally, which could notably turn into Malaysia’s largest movement to date.

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