09 Jul '11, 5am

Malaysia arrests hundreds ahead of democracy demo

Malaysia arrests hundreds ahead of democracy demo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police arrested more than 400 people on Saturday and used tear gas as a massive lockdown was imposed on the capital to thwart an opposition-backed rally demanding electoral reforms. Police spokesman Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf told AFP the arrests were made from midnight around Kuala Lumpur. Police have declared the protest illegal, warning of chaos in the streets. "They were arrested mainly for illegal assemblies around various points in the capital," Ramli said, insisting that no violence used in the 441 arrests. Despite the detentions, about 1,500 people, many of them shouting "Reformasi" (Reforms) and "God is Great" marched towards a mosque near the downtown Merdeka Square, an AFP reporter saw. About 300 others who gathered at a railway station were dispersed by police who shouted and ordered them to leave, resulting in scuffles and shouting as some wh...

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