Police fired tear-gas and arrested hundreds of protesters in Kuala Lumpur who were calling for electoral reforms.
More than 20,000 people demonstrated for electoral reforms across Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, on Saturday in a rare protest that was declared illegal by police. The protest was called for by opposition groups, including the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, Bersih (Clean). Police fired tear-gas and water cannons at demonstrators and arrested more than 1,400 people, including top opposition leaders, according to protest organisers. The activists' demands include an overhaul of voter registration lists, tougher measures to curb fraud and fairer opportunities for opposition politicians to campaign in government-linked media. Malaysia's next general election is planned due in 2013.
1) With Kuala Lumpur under police lockdown since the morning, protesters tried to gather and seek refuge inside a railway station before being led outside by police where many were detained and put into police vans. [Saeed Khan/AFP]
|2) Protesters display the yellow shirts of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, or Bersih (Clean}, during a rally calling for electoral reforms in Kuala Lumpur [Ahmad Yusni/EPA]|
|3) Riot police stand making a cordon in front of Malaysia's iconic twin towers before demonstrators gather [Saeed Khan/AFP]|
|4) A Bersih supporter shouts at police during clashes in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Shahir Omar/Reuters]|
|5) Police use a water cannon to spray Bersih supporters in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Samsul Said/Reuters]|
|6) A Bersih supporter throws a water bottle at a police water-cannon truck [Mohd Rasfan/AFP]|
|7) Police face off against thousands of Bersih supporters [Saeed Khan/AFP]|
|8) A Bersih supporter holds the Malaysian flag in front of a police water cannon [Damir Sagolj/Reuters])|
|9) Police in riot gear march under heavy rain toward protesters calling for electoral reforms [Saeed Khan/AFP|
|10) Police face off against thousands of protesters in a scene shrouded by tear gas [Saeed Khan/AFP]|
|11) A Bersih supporter is detained by police during protests in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]|
|12) A Bersih supporter is detained by police during protests in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Saedd Khan/AFP]|
|13) Bersih supporters are detained by police during protests in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]|
|14) Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) is surrounded by supporters, one of whom is injured, after a protest in Kuala Lumpur calling for electoral reforms [AFP]|
|15) Bersih supporters chant slogans during a protest calling for electoral reforms in downtown Kuala Lumpur [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]|
p/s: i love the way the photographer take the picture..