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UK violence 'justifies protest ban'

A top Malaysian police official said Britain's riots vindicate the south-east Asian nation's efforts to curb street protests because they can turn into "nightmares".

Malaysian authorities have faced criticism for trying to foil a demonstration organised by civic groups last month to demand more transparency in electoral laws.

Police used tear gas and water cannons against at least 20,000 people who defied warnings and marched in Kuala Lumpur on July 9.

Deputy national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the riots in British cities this past week were "nightmares that we are fighting hard to avoid and prevent" in Malaysia.

Mr Khalid said in a statement that protests "should always be avoided as we will never know what it can turn into".

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