Monday, February 18, 2008

In Pictures - HINDRAF Rose Rally

Malaysian police have broken up a demonstration against alleged government discrimination by about 2,000 ethnic Indians in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Demonstrators carried the portrait of Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and carried roses to symbolise what they said was a peaceful demand for justice.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse Saturday's protesters, who had gathered despite a government ban.

Chemical-laced water was sprayed on some protesters. They argue the government systematically favours the Malay majority in jobs and education.

More than 120 people were detained, although most have now been released.

The demonstration was organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force, which is demanding the release from jail of five of its leaders.

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