29 Nov '11, 6am

Malaysian lawyers march to protest ban against street rallies

KUALA LUMPUR - Hundreds of Malaysian lawyers staged a rare protest march today demanding that the government abandon plans for a law that will forbid street rallies. The protest led by Malaysia's main grouping of lawyers occurred hours before federal legislators were scheduled to debate and potentially pass the Peaceful Assembly Act proposed by Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Malaysian and international rights groups say the law would be repressive because it bans street demonstrations and imposes tough restrictions and penalties for rally organisers. About 500 lawyers representing Malaysia's Bar Council and rights activists marched to Parliament, chanting "Freedom to assembly" and "Freedom to the people" before police stopped most of them from entering the complex. They accused Mr Najib's BN coalition of rushing to enact the law, which...

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