Had dinner with a good friend last night.
She used to be a BN supporter but now had jumped to the other side.
She read my last post and said I was wrong for asking the authorities to stop the planned Bersih rally next month, but agreed on the part where I wrote that the Red Shirts needed to be stopped too.
"Bersih is peaceful. It's the Red Shirts who create the trouble. They are the violent ones," she said.
She had watched that video where a group of Red Shirts beat up a Bersih motorcyclist.
I told her that I'm against all kind of street rallies.
It doesn't matter who are organising it.
Street rallies can easily end up being violent no matter how peaceful the organisers said it would be.
The Bersih rallies had turned violent in the past.
Remember these images?
The Bersih crowd in that incident actually beat up a policeman and totally thrashed his patrol car.
There were other not so nice images of Bersih like these.
Any group of people can turn into a violent mob if they were instigated hard enough to hate.
It doesn't matter whether they are wearing red, yellow, pink or whatever other colours.
That's why I'm against both Bersih and Red Shirts.
I believe in doing things peacefully and intelligently.
Street protests, at least in this country, are just not that.
They were mostly built on hate and the risk of violence is always there.
In Bersih case - hate Umno and BN.
In Red Shirts case - hate the opposition.
Hate and violence should be shunned.
It's actually easier to preach hate and violence but to what end will that leads us?
Let's not fall for the tricks of those who try to be popular by peddling hate and violence, okay.