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A Malaysian activist from Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) is sprayed by a water cannon during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 9. Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 10,000 demonstrators massed across Malaysia's largest city demanding electoral reforms in the country's biggest political rally in years.
Demonstrators marched in defiance of Najib's administration, which declared the rally illegal and warned people repeatedly to avoid it. Officials insisted it was merely an opposition attempt to trigger chaos and stir anti-government sentiment, while activists accused authorities of being afraid of any large display of dissent that could undermine their authority.
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