August 2, 2009
Huge Protest Against ISA In Malaysia
Malaysian police broke up the country's biggest street protest in nearly two years, firing tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of opposition supporters demanding an end to a law that allows detention without trial on Saturday (Aug. 1).
According to news portal, The Malaysian Insider, the anti-ISA rally turned the capital, Kuala Lumpur, into a battlezone with tear gas and water cannon.
The BBC reported that more than 200 arrests were made during the unauthorised march, attended by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who heads the party Pakatan Rakyat.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has promised to review the security law which was passed 49 years ago when the country faced threat from the communists during the Emergency.