26 Jun '11, 5am

Malaysia arrests dozens of people ahead of a mass rally for electoral reforms: Activists

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN police have arrested dozens of people planning to build up support ahead of a mass rally for electoral reforms, activists said on Sunday. Police have stopped at least one talk to whip up backing for a planned July 9 rally since Friday and held some 70 people, mainly members of the opposition Socialist Party of Malaysia. Two buses were stopped in northern and southern Malaysia on Saturday on their way to gatherings for the party's weekend campaign, said party media coordinator Y. Kohila. The campaign calls for an end to the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition's five-decade rule and for support for the electoral reform rally to be held by activists and opposition parties in the capital Kuala Lumpur, Mr Kohila said. Most of those arrested were released after questioning but 31 people are still being detained in northern Penang state, Mr Kohila said. Six o...

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