Malaysian police fire water cannon at protestors

09:40, February 05, 2011      

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Riot police fired water cannons at about 2,000 anti-Mubarak protestors who rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday against the U. S. interference in the Egyptian unrest.

The protestors, a crowd from several non-governmental organizations and members of the opposition parties, marched to the embassy after the Friday prayers from a nearby mosque, holding banners saying "we march with Egyptians" and "Down with Mubarak".

They also shouted "Destroy the U.S." and "Long Live with the People" before handing a memorandum to a representative in the U.S. embassy, urging the U.S. to stay away from the uprising against its ally, President Hosni Mubarak.

Seven of them were arrested for allegedly throwing bottles and other hard objects at the police officers.

The police also fired water cannons at protestors for refusing to disperse.

The protest in Malaysia came a week after the Egyptian unrest broke out due to public frustration with corruption, oppression and economic hardship under Mubarak's 30-year rule.

The uprising was inspired by the popular revolt in Tunisia to overthrow President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali last month.

Like Egypt, Malaysia is predominantly Muslim -- more than 60 percent of its 28 million citizens are Muslims.

Source: Xinhua
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