Romen Bose, Julia Zappei July 10, 2011
Time to go … protesters cover their faces and run to escape the tear gas fired by the police. Photo: AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon, making 1400 arrests during clashes yesterday with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform.
Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation, but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration, in which 50,000 citizens – the organisers’ figure – took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Protesters faced baton-wielding riot officers in front of a bus station, retreating and regrouping to push back police lines in a cat-and-mouse confrontation in a downpour.