By Shannon Teoh
October 04, 2011
Ambiga had led tens of thousands of demonstrators who poured into the capital three months ago in defiance of a government ban and police action to call for free and fair elections.
Although nearly 1,700 were arrested, scores injured and one ex-soldier died, international condemnation of Putrajaya’s clampdown led Datuk Seri Najib Razak to announce in August a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms.
The steering committee for the Green Gathering told a press conference in the Parliament today that it expected “more than 10,000” to turn up this weekend on the back of Ambiga?s promised attendance.
It said that the support of Bersih and also Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has led protests against the Lynas plant which has raised fears of radiation pollution, shows “environmental issues are gaining momentum.”
The Green Assembly is also jointly organised by residents in various locations nationwide who are also protesting against alleged environmental hazards.
This includes gold processing in Bukit Koman, Raub that locals say will lead to cyanide poisoning and an incinerator in Cameron Highlands.