[Marxism] Hundreds arrested, tear gas fired in Malaysia protest for democracy and against neoliberalism

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 9 14:32:45 MDT 2011

Hundreds arrested, tear gas fired in Malaysia protest

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained more than 500
people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to prevent thousands of
anti-government protesters from putting on a massive show of strength
against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Street protests are rare in this Southeast Asian nation, and foreign
investors are worried that political unrest could delay economic reforms
seen as essential to draw investment.

If he is put under popular pressure, Najib may reconsider a snap election
and hold back on reforms such as cutting fuel subsidies or unwinding an
affirmative action programme for the country’s Malay majority.

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