ORIGINALLY POSTED 8 MARCH 2009 - How demos and protest left an indelible mark on human history
Some say street protests are a waste of space and human energy. Others believe that since Malaysia is not as bad as Somalia and Libya , we should shut the fuck up and take it up the ass. That got me thinking. What would the world look like if a few historical protests were clamped down before it were started. Time to dove your thinking hats (thinking kippah for the Hebrews) and dig deep into human history in the past 100 years. It’s going to be one of my infamous boring historical blog entry! Look away now if you refuse to be bored shitless.
Obviously one of the most famous protests ever done was orchestrated by one frail and bald chap from India. He also loves wearing a Dhoti and carries a walking stick like Yoda. This Indian fella is none other than one Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a.k.a Mahatma Gandhi a.k.a The Non Jew Version of Ben Kingsley. Gandhi invented the template for the non-violent movement. Gandhi believed that starving his skinny ass to death and just being uncooperative to the Brits are equally as effective as picking up weapons and murdering those posh white bastards. He organised plenty of street protests that fought for the rights of Indians in India.
In 1930 Gandhi led thousands in the Salt Satyagraha, a campaign of non-violent protest against the British salt tax in colonial India. Yes folks, Gandhi led a street demo for 24 days, across 4 districts and 48 villages over taxation on SALTS! That’s sodium chloride... the same thing that A R Tompel refused to accept as a gift in Ahmad Albab! And you motherfuckers complained that people demo-ed against ISA? I wonder what would they comment on Gandhi’s Stayagraha if was organised today in Kuala Lumpur? Probably this?
“Bodo punya keling botak! Pasal garam pun nak protes ke? Aku nak beli garam letak dalam ikan masin pun susah pasal keling kurus cicak kobeng ni! Semua kedai tutup. Jangan demo boleh? Need salted fish now! Hidup kerajaan British! Sepak Gandhi babi!”
The Satyagraha is a brilliant move by Gandhi. It showed the British how Indians would rise against the small matter of salt taxation. Just imagine how big the protest from Indians over other matters would be like . The Satyagraha campaign of the 1930s also forced the British to recognize that their control of India depended entirely on the consent of Indians — Salt Satyagraha was a significant step in the British losing that consent. All in all Gandhi non violent protest and civil disobedience was an inspiration to another famous civil liberty icon, one Dr Martin Luther King Junior (MLK) of Atlanta Georgia
Simply put without Gandhi’s 24 day walkabout all around India,the concept of peaceful protest will not even exist. Coincidentally the way we achieved Merdeka will also be different too since Tunku was also INSPIRED by the Mahatma Gandhi. I did mentioned Martin Luther King right? Well he was involved in yet another famous street protest.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with MLK’s “I have a dream speech”. That speech was delivered during the famous march to Washington to support President’s Kennedy new civil rights legislation. Technically you can say that the march is a street protest against racism in America. The 60’s was a very volatile time in American history with African American getting lynched in the South. The bill passed by the congress guaranteed the right of "coloured people" as equal to their white counterparts. It’s the end of the American version of NEP! HAHAH. Also the "I have a dream" speech was a major inspiration for generations of Americans. Here is an excerpt from that speech;
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”
In Malaysia we often hear the leaders talk about equality and justice but they never elaborate on what their interpretation of equality and justice. What MLK did in his speech was explaining what EQUALITY really means. The right not to be judged by the colour of your skin and we are all equal in the eyes of god (or the flying spaghetti monster if you are an atheist). It is also important to point out that if the march didn’t received an overwhelming response from the public, it will be seen as a vote against the civil rights bill. The America that we know today will definitely be different. I reckon Barry H Obama could not even be a manager in a white owned company, let alone the 44th President of the United States if it was not for this monumental march to Washington. On a more musical note, the black and white collaboration between Dre and Eminem will also never happened! Imagine a world without "Forget About Dre" and "My Name Is". That is a world not worth living
Last but not least is the protest against Condoleezza Rice led by Yang Terkacak Menantu Hensem Khairy Jamaluddin. In this historical demo we finally see Khairy showing the world that he got the cajones to defy the US secretary of state. It also proved that street protest IS in fact part of the UMNO culture (this was denied multiple times by his daddy in law) Without this protest people would still question Khairy's ability to whip a mob into frenzy . But most importantly it gave us a glimpse of KJ's “O-Face”. What a sexy beast! LOLOLOLOLOL11111111!!!!111
So? What do you guys think? Are street protests really that EVIL?
p/s : Attention to orders. I have a presentation to make. For service above and beyond the call of duty of a tourist, or even a Marine, we recognize Professor John Patrick Ryan, with the Order of the Purple Target.