Malaysia arrests activists ahead of banned rally
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Activists say Malaysian police have detained at least 21 people trying to assemble near a historic stadium for a banned rally seeking electoral reforms.
The rally is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling coalition to make election laws fairer and more transparent ahead of national polls widely expected by mid-2012.
Police sealed off key roads across Kuala Lumpur and deployed trucks mounted with water cannon near the Independence Stadium where opposition-backed activists hope tens of thousands of people would gather later Saturday.
The Bersih coalition of civic groups says authorities have starting arresting people who planned to attend the rally.