09 Jul '11, 3am

Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police detained at least 236 people trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city Saturday in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms. The opposition-backed rally planned for Saturday afternoon is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling coalition to make election laws fairer and more transparent ahead of national polls widely expected by mid-2012. The National Front has been in power for more than 50 years, but opposition gains in recent elections have spurred calls for change. The Bersih coalition of civic groups organizing the rally has voiced hopes of attracting tens of thousands of people for what would be Malaysia's biggest political rally in nearly four years. Many of the typically bustling commercial districts in downtown Kuala Lumpur were ...

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