Wednesday, 30 November 2011
"Peaceful Assembly" Bill Passed
The Malaysian parliament has passed a ban on street protests, despite a rally against the bill by crowds of lawyers.
Opposition lawmakers boycotted the vote on the Peaceful Assembly Act, which the ruling party says eases regulations.
But critics say it replaces a rule requiring a police permit for a demonstration with one that bans street protests.
Some 500 lawyers marched in the capital ahead of the vote.
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