Mohandas K. Gandhi believed in the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon total non-violence.
He was a great man, and someone I truly admire even if I've never met him.
Arundhati Roy, an acclaimed Booker Prize winner who upon venturing into the world of political activism has said:
The arguments we made are right ... but non-violence has not worked. I am not able to stand up and say 'everybody must take up arms', because I am not willing to take up arms myself. And I am aware of the terrible toll such a decision takes... But nor am I willing to condemn those that are looking at other ways of being effective.
I, however, personally cannot condone violence, even if it means getting results.
I am all for peaceful demonstrations, and I'm glad that most Malaysians would agree with me. Well, except for UMNO perhaps. They would rather unsheath a keris and bathe it with Chinese blood.
But laidback Malaysians, even the downright mild ones can only take so much.