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Pakai Tulis #17

Southeast Asia has a reckoning.

People under quasi-democratic states, quasi-authoritarian regimes in the region no longer choose to be silent. People rise up and demand and fight. The government should serve the people, not suppressing their voice; not limiting their freedom; not curbing their fundamental rights.

They say time is a flat circle. The ongoing protests spiraled across Southeast Asia remind me of the nationalist movements in the early 1900s. Their rights were taken and their lands were exploited. People then led, mobilised and fought for independence and rights from the colonialists. They are no longer slaves to their colonial masters. They want to be free; to be human; to be whole. 

Today, history repeats itself. People no longer want to be chained by regressive laws, governments and monarchs. Enough is enough, they said, and they march on the streets, just like their forefather did decades before.

To all protestors, keep marching on. Stay safe and stay vigilant.
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