Thousands of protesters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who are trying to prevent an afternoon rally by advocates of an overhaul of election had been arrested.
Among those arrested was the protest leader, Saturday afternoon. It was also said that protesters were using chemical-laced water to disperse some demonstrators.
The demonstration on Saturday was organized by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, also known as Bersih, or "clean" in Malay.
“This brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters is undermining Malaysia’s claim to be a moderate democracy. Mr. Najib’s government has chosen the path of repression, not reform,” Amnesty International said in a statement on Saturday.
It was also the biggest protest in the recent years in Malaysia.