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Malaysian police fire water cannons at protesters

Published 16/09/2015

Pro-government 'red shirt' protesters listen to a speech during a pro-government demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP)
Pro-government 'red shirt' protesters listen to a speech during a pro-government demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP)

Malaysian police have fired water cannons at ethnic Malays who turned unruly at a rally to support PMi Najib Razak, following calls for him to step down over a financial scandal.

Hundreds of protesters pelted riot police with plastic bottles and tried to push their way into Chinatown, which was barricaded - prompting riot police to fire chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd.

Thousands of other people were rallying peacefully at a central field near Parliament.

The rally, which included Cabinet members and leaders from Mr Najib's ruling Malay party, was held to counter a protest in late August by tens of thousands of Malaysians to demand his removal and political reforms.

Today's protesters accused ethnic Chinese of driving last month's demonstration.

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