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本帖最后由 Chi_Zi 于 2011-7-9 21:13 编辑

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Police and protesters clash in Kuala LumpurBy South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel, wires
Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago
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Mass arrests as Malaysia police and protesters clash
By the CNN Wire Staff
July 9, 2011 -- Updated 1200 GMT (2000 HKT)
Malaysian police handcuff protesters at a mass rally calling for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur on July 9.
Malaysian police handcuff protesters at a mass rally calling for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur on July 9.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    * NEW: Malaysian police say more than 1,600 people have been arrested
    * Riot police fire tear gas as several thousand people rally in Kuala Lumpur
    * Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he has been injured in the protest
    * Protesters are calling for electoral reforms but the government says the rally is illegal

(CNN) -- More than 1,600 demonstrators have been arrested in Malaysia, police say, after clashing with riot police Saturday as they marched in the capital Kuala Lumpur to demand electoral reforms.

Police fired tear gas as several thousand people gathered near a sports stadium where the demonstrators had planned to rally.

Some 1,667 people had been arrested as of early evening local time, according to the Royal Malaysia Police, with 16 children among them. Protest organizers said at a news conference earlier in the day that about 400 had been detained.

The protest, which the government says is illegal, was organized by a loose coalition of opposition groups known as Bersih 2.0.

The government has previously declared Bersih an illegal organization. Police said that anyone found with Bersih-related materials, such as yellow T-shirts, could be arrested.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was among hundreds of protesters who gathered at the Hilton hotel in Kuala Lumpur before heading toward the Sentral Station.

There the protesters breached police lines to march through the rail station, before being met by riot police with tear gas on the other side.

Ibrahim posted on his Twitter account that he had sustained a minor injury during the demonstration and that a staff member had been badly hurt. He also said his youngest daughter had been arrested.

Writing on his blog ahead of the protest, Ibrahim said the "intended peaceful gathering" was to bring Malaysians together "as one united people in pursuit of clean and fair elections."

He went on: "Our reason for gathering is pure and simple -- to demand that the electoral roll be cleaned, that the postal voting system be reformed, that indelible ink be used, a minimum 21 day campaign period be instated, free and fair access to media for all be provided, public institutions be strengthened, and for corruption as well as dirty politics to be stopped."

The protesters planned to rally at the Merdeka sports stadium in the city, Ibrahim said.

Opposition groups have been seeking to put pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, which has been in power for decades, ahead of elections expected to be called next year.

The Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported that the prime minister had attended an event Saturday at which he described the protest as "an illegal rally organised by a section of our community."

"If there are people who want to hold the illegal rally, there are even more who are against their plan to hold the illegal gathering," he is quoted as saying.

There was a strong police presence around the city and many roads had been closed off, local media reports said.

A similar demonstration called by the Bersih coalition in 2007 was broken up by police using water cannon and tear gas, local reports say.

CNN's Eve Bower contributed to this report.

顺境和逆境是分别出来的。如果你执着了,心动了,这就是逆境;如果你放下了,心不动,一切都是顺境。
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Police in Malaysia have used tear gas and water cannons against thousands of people assembling for a banned protest in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Police say they arrested nearly 1,000 people before the rally was broken up.

Opposition activists called the protest to urge the government to implement electoral reform.

The police threw up a cordon around central Kuala Lumpur from midnight on Friday, blocking major roads and suspending public transport.

Riot police armed with batons confronted the thousands of people who had slipped through the security net, dispersing them with volleys of tear gas.

Crowds around the city's main bus station were also hosed down by water cannons.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was one of a small number of people who were injured. He was taken to hospital after he fell to the pavement after a tear gas attack.
Protest leaders arrested

A group calling itself the Bersih 2.0 coalition had been planning to hold the rally in a sports stadium but the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak said the location was unsuitable and instead suggested a venue outside of the capital.
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Analysis
Jennifer Pak BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

The confrontations between police and protesters come as a shock to many here who say Malaysia is a stable democracy.

The police had warned that anyone participating in this illegal march would be arrested to prevent chaos.

This demonstration started as a call for free and fair elections. But now analysts say it's a test of this country's fragile democracy.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has dismissed opposition allegations that the electoral system is plagued with fraud.

He blames opposition parties for trying to create chaos to generate political momentum.

    * In pictures: Malaysia reform protests

"Merdeka Stadium, which they chose, is too close to the city centre and can create massive traffic jams and disrupt businesses," federal police chief Ismail Omar was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

Instead, with roads closed and some public transport suspended, most shops shut on Saturday and the city remained empty apart from police and protesters.

Several leaders of Bersih, including Ambiga Sreenivasan and Maria Chin Abdullah, were among the 924 people that police said were arrested.

Organisers of the rally said 50,000 people had come out, but analysts put the number at closer to 10,000.

The demonstration came amid a police crackdown on opposition figures.

Police have questioned more than 150 activists in recent weeks, and 91 have been barred from the city.

More than 30 activists remain in detention after being arrested almost two weeks ago.

Rally organisers say Malaysia's electoral system is plagued with fraud - they want longer campaign periods, automatic voter registration and equality of access to the largely government-linked mainstream media.

The authorities say the protesters are trying to promote communist ideology, thereby "waging war against the king".

Street protests are rare in Malaysia, but the police launched a crackdown after a similar demonstration in 2007.

Analysts say that protest helped the opposition win an unprecedented number of seats in the last general election.

顺境和逆境是分别出来的。如果你执着了,心动了,这就是逆境;如果你放下了,心不动,一切都是顺境。
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