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Malaysian Protesters Clash with Police, 1400 Arrested

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Malaysians rallying for electoral reforms met with stiff resistance from police in Kuala Lumpur, who pushed back with baton charges, water cannon and tear gas. Police in the capital said more than 1,400 people were arrested Saturday. Most were expected to be released within a few hours. Opposition parties said some of their […]

900 Protesters Arrested in Malaysia

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained over 900 people in the capital Saturday as thousands of activists evaded roadblocks to hold a protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government. The opposition-backed rally was the culmination of weeks of intense pressure on the prime minister’s long-ruling coalition to meet demands to make election laws fairer […]

Thousands Protest in Malaysia’s Capital

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters have descended on Malaysia’s capital – despite the closing of key roads – to attend a banned rally demanding electoral reforms. Police in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday fired rounds of tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the crowds. Toxins in the chemically-laced water used in the cannons hang in the […]

Malaysia Arrests Hundreds, Fires Tear Gas at Protest

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Malaysia’s capital have detained more than 400 protesters and have fired tear gas on crowds of people in an effort to prevent a banned rally demanding electoral reforms. Police have sealed off key Kuala Lumpur roads and deployed tucks mounted with water cannons near the stadium where electoral reform activists plan to hold […]

Malaysia Locks Down Capital Ahead of Protests

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Malaysia’s capital have sealed off key roads and deployed tucks mounted with water cannons near a stadium where electoral reform activists plan to hold a banned rally Saturday. Rally organizers say they expect tens of thousands of protesters. Authorities have obtained court orders to bar 91 opposition and civic leaders from entering Kuala […]

Malaysian Activists Vow to Hold Rally Despite Government Opposition

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian electoral reform activists are pledging to carry on with a scheduled rally in Kuala Lumpur Saturday, defying attempts by authorities to keep the demonstrators out of the city. Leaders of Bersih, a coalition of more than 60 non-governmental groups, say they will go ahead with the rally at the city’s iconic Merdeka Stadium, even […]

Suspect in Malaysian Hostage Drama Dies

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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The man who took 30 Malaysian pre-school children and their teachers hostage Thursday has died after being shot by police. The 40-year-old man was shot by a police sniper hours after he barged into the pre-school in southern Jolor state wielding a hammer and a machete. Police stormed the building after failing to convince the […]

Children Unharmed as Hostage Standoff Ends in Malaysia

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police have freed 30 pre-school children and their four teachers hours after they were taken hostage Thursday by a hammer and machete-wielding man in southern Jolor state. Police fired tear gas and stormed the building after several hours of negotiations had failed. The standoff ended when a police sniper shot and wounded the suspect. […]

Children Unharmed as Hostage Standoff Ends in Malaysia

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police have freed 30 pre-school children and their teachers hours after they were taken hostage Thursday by a hammer-wielding man in southern Jolor state. Police fired tear gas and stormed the building after several hours of negotiations had failed. The standoff ended when a police sniper shot and wounded the suspect. All of the […]

Malaysian Rally Agreement in Doubt Amid Fight Over Venue

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A deal aimed at avoiding violence at a rally in Malaysia on Saturday is in doubt amid disagreement between the government and rally organizers over a venue. A loose coalition of opposition parties and rights advocates hopes to attract tens of thousands of people to the rally to press for electoral reforms ahead of elections […]