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Freedom House strongly condemns the brutal crackdown today by the Malaysian government against tens of thousands of demonstrators calling for clean and fair elections in Kuala Lumpur and calls on Malaysian authorities to respect the right of its citizens to free assembly and to immediately release all those detained.

The wave of arrests and ongoing intimidation of activists by the Malaysian government in advance of a July 9 rally for clean and fair elections is a blatant attempt by authorities to prevent citizens from exercising their right to peaceful public assembly and free expression and is a clear illustration of the immediate need for democratic reform in Malaysia.

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