09 Jul '11, 11am

Malaysia's Anwar injured in rally: aide

Malaysia's Anwar injured in rally: aide

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he suffered a bruise on his head and a cut leg Saturday after police fired tear gas on protesters demanding poll reform ahead of general elections. Looking frail but in high spirits, Anwar said doctors had asked him to rest in hospital after suffering a fall following a tear gas attack. Lying on his hospital bed, the former deputy prime minister and once heir apparent to ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, had tubes placed into his nose and wore a neck brace. Anwar, 62, said he would be kept in hospital overnight and was on painkillers. "I am okay. I still feel nausea and dizziness," he told AFP. Recounting Saturday's chaos that led him to fall and hit his head on a concrete pavement near a train station, Anwar said police fired tear gas from both sides of a passageway. "They shot directly (at us) ... I could hardly br...

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