09 Jul '11, 8am

Police arrest Malaysian protest leaders: organisers

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police Saturday arrested two top leaders of a group that organised a huge protest rally to demand electoral reforms, organisers and one of those nabbed told AFP. Ambiga Sreenivasan and Maria Chin Abdullah were arrested as police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters in the capital Kuala Lumpur. "Ambiga and myself have been arrested by police," Maria Chin told AFP as she was being transported in a police van to an unknown location. She added that Ambiga had been taken to a local police station. Ambiga, 55, is the leader of Bersih, the broad coalition that organised Saturday's protest rally demanding the government carry out electoral reforms before general elections widely believed to be held early next year. A former president of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga was one of eight women worldwide to receive the US Secret...

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