28 Apr '12, 10pm

388 arrested as KL protest turns ugly - Straits Times

388 arrested as KL protest turns ugly - Straits Times

A protester throwing a tear gas canister back at the police. Some 25,000 people took part in the Kuala Lumpur rally to demand electoral reforms and hundreds were arrested. -- PHOTO: AP By Teo Cheng Wee, Regional Correspondent and Lester Kong, Malaysia Correspondent Kuala Lumpur - Tear-gas clouded downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday as protesters stormed police barricades during a massive rally. Riot police fired tear gas canisters and turned chemical-laced water on crowds estimated at up to 25,000 who had poured into the streets to demand electoral reforms. At least 388 were arrested. The protesters engaged in running battles with police for hours, before they finally dispersed. The rally was the third major demonstration organised since 2007 by Bersih, a coalition pushing for electoral reforms ahead of the next general election, which could be held within months. Bersih als...

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