29 Jun '11, 6am

Malaysia arrests 14 people ahead of opposition rally

Malaysia arrests 14 people ahead of opposition rally

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have detained 14 people for canvassing support ahead of a mass rally for electoral reform, activists said Wednesday. The new arrests bring to 96 the number of people held since activists and opposition parties began whipping up support on Friday for the demonstration due to be staged on July 9. "We condemn the 96 arrests as it is a violation of the freedom of expression and the right to assemble which is guaranteed under the constitution and the human rights declaration," Nalini Elunalai, coordinator for local rights group SUARAM told AFP. "It is a weak government that resorts to fear and repression to prevent people from assembling," she added. State police officials confirmed the arrests in northern Perak state on Wednesday but declined further comment. The activists are supporting Bersih, a coalition of opposition parties and charities aim...

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