Berbeza dengan perhimpunan besar yang dihalang polis sebelum ini, ia juga merupakan perhimpunan pertama yang berlangsung dengan aman dan lancar.
Ia secara umumnya dilaporkan secara negatif oleh akhbar pro-kerajaan berbahasa Inggeris dan Melayu namun akhbar harian berbahasa Cina memberi laporan yang positif.
Gambar yang ditonjolkan di ruang paling atas menunjukkan seorang wanita mengintai dari celah pintau kedai – kemungkinan menunjukkan bahawa beliau memandang kumpulan peserta perhimpunan.
Tiada gambar yang menunjukkan suasana perhimpunan di muka depan.
Ia turut melaporkan bahawa penganjur melanggar tiga syarat perhimpunan – membawa kanak-kanak, membawa kain provokatif dan menghimpunan lebih 30,000 orang di Stadium Merdeka.
Akhbar itu turut menonjolkan pemimpin tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat di pentas utama bersama timbalan presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu yang berucap.
Dalam intisarinya, akhbar tersebut menyebut polis bertindak dengan "bijaksana" namun peserta melanggar syarat dengan membawa kanak-kanak berusia bawah 15 tahun dan juga "sepanduk menghasut dan boleh membawa kepada perpecahan dan permusuhan".
Muka depan itu dihiasi gabungan tiga gambar ibu bapa bersama anak masing-masing dengan kapsyen "Undang bahaya".
Sebaliknya, ia hanya menampilkan janji Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk menyelesaikan krisis air dalam satu perhimpunan di Semenyih.
Tajuk besarnya di muka depan hari ini adalah berhubung amaran oleh penasihat Majlis Agama Islam Johor berhubung tindakan membenarkan bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah "Allah".-malaysiakini
Pakar Matematik anggar 700,000 orang sertai HKR...
Pakar matematik, Prof Dr Shahrir Md Zain menganggar lebih 700,000 orang menyertai Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat di Stadium Merdeka, semalam.
Memetik Penang Insight, bekas profesor Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) itu dilapor membuat anggaran itu di laman facebook beliau.
“Kalau berjalan 20 orang melebar sepanjang satu kilometer (km), jumlahnya 100,000.
“Andaiannya ialah 10,000 kaki sama dengan satu kilometer, seseorang memerlukan dua kaki persegi untuk bergerak dengan selesa.
“Jadi, lebar jalan 40 kaki dan 5,000 orang boleh memanjang jalan. Lalu, 5,000 (orang) darab 20 (orang) ialah 100,000 (orang per kilometer).
“Pertanyaan saya, berapa kilometerkah seluruh orang yang datang HKR. Jawapannya ialah 700,000,” katanya dengan mengambil kira pandangan dari atas pada lingkungan tujuh kilometer.
Nyata, ia bertentangan dengan kenyataan Ketua Polis Daerah Dang Wangi, Asisten Komisioner Zainuddin Ahmad dalam Buletin Utama TV3 yang hanya menganggar 40,000 orang sahaja menyertai HKR.
Sedangkan twitter rasmi PDRM pula menyebut 80,000 orang menyertai HKR tetapi kemudian membuat pembetulan.-keadilandaily
How English, Malay dailies toilet paper spin sour on KL112...
The Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat yesterday, dubbed ‘KL112', which drew more than 100,000 people to Stadium Merdeka and its vicinity, was the largest opposition-organised gathering in recent history.
It is also the first rally of this proportion that came and went peacefully, in contrast to the Bersih 3.0 protest last year that saw a heavy police crackdown as the rally had begun dispersing.
Notable in this morning's mainstream media coverage of the mammoth event was an overall negative spin from pro-government English and Malay dailies's headlines, while the Chinese dailies broke ranks by giving it a generally good report.
The top photograph showed a lady shutting the grills of her shop but leaving open a small gap as she peered out, possibly suggesting her looking at the protesters.
A second picture showed rubbish strewn across the pavement and the third showed an exhausted toddler clad in a yellow rally T-shirt asleep at his bicycle. There was no picture of the rally on the front page.
Three bullets supported the headline reading: ‘Children, banners with provocative messages present', ‘Anwar threatens trouble if Pakatan loses election', ‘Rally organisers did not adhere to all conditions, says Police'.
It noted that nothing untoward happened during the rally and the police had kept the peace despite keeping a low profile.
It also reported that organisers had infringed three conditions laid out for the rally, namely for bringing children to the event, carrying provocative banners and breaching the 30,000 capacity limit allowed for Stadium Merdeka.
The paper featured a section of the stadium where Pakatan Rakyat top guns stood on the podium alongside of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu who was addressing the crowd.
Supporters, mostly clad in yellow and green T-shirts, dotted the landscape around the podium.
Berita Harian's cold shoulder
Umno-owned Migguan Malaysia (Utusan Malaysia) predictably headlined, ‘Organisers breach rules' with a sub-headline: ‘Police successfully control opposition rally'.
The bullets also reported a blog's claim that participants were paid between RM200 to RM700 each.
Propping the headline was a mosaic of three pictures of parents carrying their children at the rally, with the caption ‘Inviting danger'.
Significantly, Umno-linked Berita Harian frontpaged nothing about the historic rally. Absolutely nothing.
It frontpaged instead Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak promising to resolve Selangor's purported water woes at a rally in Semenyih coupled with a large photograph of the premier shaking hands with supporters.
The headline was of Johor Islamic Affairs Council advisor Nooh Gadut warning that allowing non-Muslims to use the term 'Allah' could allegedly lead to apostasy.
The daily only reported the KL112 rally briefly on page 10 and 11, with one piece ‘KL112' fails to achieve targeted 1 million (turnout)' reporting the event as a failure of sorts and that it breached several conditions, following Dang Wangi police station's press conference yesterday.
The other two stories praised the police with the subheading ‘Forces succeed in overcoming violent incidents' and the other on an alleged brawl amongst opposition supporters ‘Nik Aziz, Anwar followers quarrel'.
The latter quotes an unidentified witness saying he saw shoving and a fistfight at the stadium entrance that had to be broken up by the police.
Sinar, Chinese dailies give thumbs up
Malay daily Sinar Harian however broke the pattern headlining the rally with ‘Congratulations' and the iconic photograph of an aerial shot of the venue.
In its description, the daily congratulated the rally organisers, the Home Ministry, the police, local authorities and the stadium management for a smooth event with no untoward incidents.
In contrast, all major Chinese dailies - Sin Chew Daily, China Press, Oriental Daily, Kwong Wah Yit Poh and Guang Ming Daily - reported on positive aspects of the rally and noted its massive scale, using a similar photograph, that has managed to capture a bird's eye view of the overall massive crowd at the event's climax.
Sin Chew Daily led with ‘Mega-rally peaceful and boisterous', with this morning's edition seeing a photograph of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's event in Semenyih that was in last evening's late edition frontpage, removed.
It was replaced with more photographs from the Stadium Merdeka event.-malaysiakini
Think tank estimates 150k at People's Uprising Rally....
The crowd at the People's Uprising Rally yesterday could have reached up to 150,000 people at its peak, according to preliminary estimates by the think-tank Politweet.
Based on photos shared on social media, the group said today that the crowd occupied an area of 424,149.14 square feet, not including the stadium's seats.
"Crowd density varies, but if you take an average of 3.5 to 4 square foot per person, the total is between 106,037 to 121,185 people outside the stadium.
"Including the 30,000 reported capacity of the stadium, the estimated size of the crowd is between 136,037 to 151,185 people," said Politweet in its Facebook posting today.
The group said it would further refine its estimates later this week by evaluating the crowd density in different areas separately.
However, the group's method does not take account of people moving in and out of the venue and only includes people present at the event's climax, which was at about 3pm.
Malaysiakini has estimated that some 100,000 people attended the mammoth rally.
On the other extremes, police estimates placed the crowd size at about 45,000 while the event's secretariat member Hishamuddin Rais believed about 500,000 attended the rally.
The peaceful rally yesterday was to protest on a diverse range of issues, including to call for free and fair elections, to release Internal Security Act detainees, and to promote sustainable development.-malaysiakini