In Malaysia, dozens arrested in crackdown on dissent
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||26 June 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, In Malaysia, dozens arrested in crackdown on dissent, 26 June 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e0b2e3fc.html [accessed 25 April 2014]|
June 26, 2011
Malaysian police arrested at least 60 protesters over the weekend in order to disourage growing opposition activity in the Southeast Asian country.
Some have since been released, but authorities warned the opposition not to hold their planned demonstration set for July 9.
The opposition is using the rally to call for an end to the ruling party's 54-year rule and to demand greater political transparency.
Prime Minister Najib Razak today said if there are problems the opposition "will be held responsible," telling them "do not create chaos just because you want power."
compiled from agency reports