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Protesters, police clash in Malaysia

Saturday, July 09, 2011 - 01:45

July 9 - Police use tear gas on demonstrators in Malaysia as opposition leader is among those injured. Andrew Raven reports.

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Tear gas wafts through the streets of Kuala Lumpur. The barrage comes as police square off against protesters in the Malaysian capital. More than 900 people were detained Saturday during what became a massive anti-government rally. Chanting "long live the people", they called on Prime Minister Najib Rizak to speed up a slate of long-promised economic and political reforms. But their protest was met with police force. The melees that followed even engulfed the leader of the country's opposition movement, Anwar Ibrahim. He was knocked down and tear-gassed along with members of his entourage. SOUNDBITE (English) MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ANWAR IBRAHIM "We have seen extremely brutal and completely uncalled for. A peaceful walk, no provocation. It's planned. And the Najib administration must answer what is our demand - free election. And they are so scared of free elections, they beat people up, just to deny us our vote." Street protests are rare in this Southeast Asian nation. But analysts say the demonstrations Saturday are evidence the opposition is becoming more vocal. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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Protesters, police clash in Malaysia

Saturday, July 09, 2011 - 01:45