08 Jul '11, 7am

Malaysia to lock down largest city to block rally

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said they will shut major roads and suspend public transportation into Kuala Lumpur's city center to thwart opposition-backed activists, who vowed Friday to press ahead with a banned rally for electoral reforms. The escalated political tension presents a major challenge for Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling coalition ahead of general elections widely expected next year. Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh announced late Thursday that major roads into the city would be shut for 22 hours starting midnight Friday, affecting bus and rail transit services. He said police have also obtained court orders to bar dozens of opposition and civic group leaders from entering the city's central business district Saturday. The atmosphere was tense in the city Friday, with dozens of police officers patrolling unusually quiet streets a...

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