Malaysia

Government breaks up rally


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A major rally by supporters of an NGO was broken up using batons and tear gas on Saturday. The rally, which was organised by Bersih 2.0 or the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, had been refused use of a major stadium in which to congregate. Nevertheless more than 20,000 people joined the rally before it became violent.

Subsequently a Facebook page was established headed ‘People Request Najib Tun Razak Resignation’. At the time of reviewing this site the number of people ‘liking’ the site was growing by around 75 ‘likes’ a minutes and stood at 120,162 ‘likes’.

You can review the site for yourself by clicking here.

Although the government was quick to try and play down the significance of the rally, it was the mix of old and young, middle class and wide ethic mix that will be worrying them. An election is due in Malaysia before April 2013, the last one was in 2008.

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