Sunday, November 11, 2007

Al Jazeera: FRU vs BERSIH

Malaysian police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of activists at an opposition-backed rally in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

The rally on Saturday was organised by activists demanding changes to the electoral system ahead of general elections expected early next year.

Thousands of demonstrators in the city centre were stopped by a police cordon as they tried to march to the Merdeka [Independence] Square, the planned location of the rally.

Many activists barricaded themselves in a nearby mosque for protection.

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