I have seen students' 'uprising' in Warsaw, Osaka, Seoul, Pusan, Jakarta, Dhaka and Teheran. They took to the streets on a peaceful tag but it often end up in chaos. The demonstrations turned ugly and in some cases, it claimed many life.
Democracy and freedom are usually their two favorite labels to avow their dissatisfaction towards the government's policy. And it is normal for the Opposition to back them by providing whatever affordable support, including financial.
Jakarta, in 1999, students demo turned disaster when it claimed not only the life of demonstrators but also the police and passers by. University students are of the perception that they are the future leaders of a country. However, their action usually does not reflect that. Their leaders are more like a bunch of subversive agents.
Education aside, they always think of 'changing' the government. Scroll as secondary, they ride on opposition sentiments to wage wars against their own country, forgetting the fact that they study on government education loans, scholarships and at government universities and colleges.
Pusan (South Korea) in 1996, the police had to resort to harder measures when the students began to burn vehicles, shop houses and looting which led to 2 policemen being killed and dozens injured. When tear gas and rubber bullets failed to halt them, the police were left to no choice but tu 'run them down'.
It was a street war when the authority were forced to baton them. Thousands were arrested in that incident that led to about 20 people - on both sides - lost their life and scores injured.
The students - whether in Malaysia or elsewhere - are of the opinion that the authority will not use harsh measure in order to gag their demo. They take it for granted that the police is fully authorised to take pre-emptive measures to safeguard public interest and safety.
The incident at UPSI, which took the cue from Bersih 2.0 rally - could have easily led to a disaster had not for the police interference. Do remember that the demo was not entirely supported by majority of the students as it was held to show support for one leader - just like Pakatan Rakyat fighting for Anwar Ibrahim.
The non-participating students were intimidated to join the rally or face the 'consequences'. And they had to oblige.
I believe the government will see the upsurge of students demo in the near future. If we fail to monitor them, Malaysia will become another Indonesia, South Korea or Poland. In fact, there are already people using the Facebook and blogs to incite anti-government sentiments among the students.
There are also news portals specially designed on a Malaysia-Indonesia students cooperation to spearhead a la Jakarta uprising in Malaysia. Should this happens, the country can expect an earlier doomsday.