Inbrief | Indian protest rocks Malaysia before polls

Inbrief | Indian protest rocks Malaysia before polls
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First Published: Mon, Nov 26 2007. 01 36 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Nov 26 2007. 01 36 AM IST
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s ethnic Indian community staged its biggest anti-government street protest on Sunday in which more than 10,000 protesters defied tear gas and water cannons to voice their protest against racial discrimination.
The sheer size of the protest, called by a Hindu rights group, represents a political challenge for the government as it heads towards a possible early election in the next few months. Ethnic Indians from around the country swarmed into Kuala Lumpur for the rally, despite a virtual lock-down of the capital over the past three days and warnings from police and the government that people should not take part. “Malaysian Indians have never gathered in such large numbers in this way,” said P. Uthaya Kumar, of the Hindu Rights Action Force —the organizer of the protest. “They are frustrated and have no job opportunities in the government or the private sector. They are not given business licences or places in university,” he said, adding that Indians were also incensed by some recent demolitions of Hindu temples. Riot police fired at the protesters with sustained volleys of tear gas and jets of water laced with an eye-stinging chemical, but it took more than five hours to finally clear the streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur, by then littered with empty gas canisters.
Journalists and analysts could not recall a bigger anti-government protest by ethnic Indians, who make up 7% of the population. Protesters complained about the preferential treatment of Malays, who comprise 60% of the nation’s population.Reuters
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First Published: Mon, Nov 26 2007. 01 36 AM IST