09 Jul '11, 7am

Police fire tear gas, water cannon on Malaysia protesters

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian riot police on Saturday fired new rounds of tear gas and used water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms. More than 500 people have now been arrested, police said. AFP reporters said about 8,000 protesters fought back repeated tear gas and water attacks in front of a downtown bus station and were now in a standoff with the police. A few hours earlier police also used tear gas in an attempt to disperse a crowd at another area. Groups of protesters managed to evade police roadblocks and gathered in front of the Puduraya bus station, swelling the crowd. Many of the protesters were shouting "Reformasi" (Reforms), "God is great" and "Long Live the People." Organisers said they will attempt to march to the Merdeka Stadium to hold their rally there. Police have banned the demonstration, saying it is illegal and have sealed...

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