Thousands of protesters face police in Malaysia (Radio Australia)

 ABC Radio Australia
Malaysian police have unleashed tear gas and water cannons on protesters in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Tens of thousands have defied a government ban and rallied calling for fair and clean elections.
Some 30 thousand demonstrators gathered outside Malaysia’s royal palace and faced hundreds of riot police.
They were led by opposition leaders including former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had vowed to suppress the demonstration, backing police who said they feared riots could break out.
The rally went ahead despite efforts to close down the centre of Kuala Lumpur with a heavy police presence and roadblocks that caused traffic jams.