Street protests aimed at toppling the government run contrary to democracy practice, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said the action also portrayed that those involved did not understand the parameters of freedom in expressing dissatisfaction.
Many countries, especially new countries which are still familiarising with democratic practice, failed to develop and thrive due to misuse of democracy, Mahathir added.
"That's why their countries are peaceful, quiet and well-developed," he said.
He was commenting on the anti-GST (goods and services tax) rally in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mahathir also asked the people whether they wanted to live in peace and harmony or in upheaval due to predilections of a few. – Bernama, May 1, 2014.