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Bolehland has to learn democracy 123 from Sri Lanka

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Another protest by students in Sri Lanka. The student demonstrators in Kandy I saw is consisted of a musical band.

When I was in Kandy in 1998 during the civil war in Sri Lanka, many parts of the country were put under the emergency rule and strict censorship on war news reporting in the mass media.

In a Saturday’s afternoon, I had encountered a marching musical band consisted of at least 100 students from a secondary school in Kandy town. At first, I thought they were celebrating a festival or in a burial ceremonial parade. A shop owner told me they were actually protesting a new ruling imposed in their school by the headmaster when I asked around what was going on.

Amazingly, the same headmaster approved his students to express their unhappiness in a street demonstration, a dream in Malaysia !

There were only a few policemen present to maintain public order and traffic flow, not beating the students with flying sidekicks or firing tear gas as you have seen in Malaysia. Most bystanders and shop owners were clapping their hands to give the students moral support. No violence and […]