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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 […]

Malaysian Electoral Reform Activists to Move Protests

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian clean-election activists have agreed to move an upcoming mass rally to a stadium in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, after holding talks with the country’s constitutional monarch. The agreement reached Tuesday between leaders of the Bersih movement and Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin moves Saturday’s planned rally off the streets of Kuala Lumpur, preventing a […]

Afghans Demonstrate Against Pakistan Border Attacks

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated in Kabul Saturday to protest what Afghanistan says are Pakistan cross-border rocket attacks that have killed dozens of people. The demonstrators shouted “Death to Pakistan,” as they protested the killing of 36 people, including children, in recent weeks. On Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq […]

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Senegal Deploys Extra Troops Amid Electricity Riots

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal has deployed riot police to government buildings and the presidential palace following violent protests over power cuts. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar says there was heavy smoke on the main road in Dakar Tuesday from burning tires and barricades. Overnight Monday to Tuesday, demonstrators ransacked government buildings, including the national electric company’s offices. Residents in […]

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Reformists and Government Backers Plan Rival Rallies in Malaysia

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities are warning of possible violence during what are expected to be large rival political demonstrations early next month. A loose alliance of lawyers and interest groups known as “Bersih,” or “Clean,” says it will bring tens of thousands of people to the capital on July 9 to demonstrate in favor of electoral reforms […]

Tens of Thousands in Spain March to Protest Economic Crisis

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Spaniards have marched in Madrid to protest high unemployment and the government’s handling of an economic crisis. Police say about 40,000 people converged on the Spanish capital’s Neptune plaza near parliament from six locations around the city Sunday. The protesters call themselves “indignant” about Spain’s nearly two-year-long recession. They included the […]

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