29 Nov '11, 7am

Malaysian Lawyers Rally Against Street – Protest Ban: From BBC News Hundreds of lawyers in Malaysia have staged

Hundreds of lawyers in Malaysia have staged a rally against proposed laws that would ban street protests. The government has promised to get rid of a rule requiring people to get a police permit to hold a demonstration. But it wants to replace that rule with a ban on street protests and a ban on people under 21 demonstrating. The lawyers say the new proposals are more repressive than the old laws, and they are calling on the government to ditch the plans. Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is expected to call an election early next year, has been trying to boost his popularity by overhauling the country’s web of security laws. But his government’s Peaceful Assembly Act has caused outrage among critics and rights groups. ‘Voice of the people’ About 500 lawyers marched to Parliament on Tuesday, hours before the law was due to be debated. They chanted “freedom to assembly” and “...

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