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Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 9 July 2011
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally, 9 July 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e2043a6c.html [accessed 23 September 2014]
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July 09, 2011

Police detained at least 236 people trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city today in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms.

Malaysia's government imposed a massive lockdown on the capital.

Police have declared the rally illegal, saying it could cause chaos.

The protest is spearheaded by Bersih, a broad but loose coalition of groups, including nongovernmental organizations and opposition political parties.

They are calling for electoral reforms, including measures that will prevent voters from voting multiple times during elections.

Fears of violence have been highlighted because of plans by pro-government groups to hold a counterrally.

compiled from agency reports

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