08 Jul '11, 11am

Malaysian capital locked down for rally

Malaysian capital locked down for rally

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police on Friday prepared to lock down the capital ahead of a controversial electoral reform rally which has triggered fears of chaos in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Organisers had agreed to hold Saturday's protest at a stadium after complaints that a planned street protest could turn into a riot, but the deal was thrown into confusion after police refused to give the necessary permit. Bersih organisers said the rally would now be held outside the iconic Merdeka Stadium, despite warnings from authorities who have already arrested nearly 200 people accusing them of drumming up support for the event. "We are heading for the stadium," said Andrew Khoo from Bersih, an opposition-backed coalition of civil society groups that is organising the rally. "We will keep our focus on the basic demands... which is to campaign for free and fair elections. We won't be di...

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