Amnesty International - Malaysian police brutality against peaceful protesters
The Bersih 2.0 rally (Walk for Democracy) was a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 2011 as a follow-up to the 2007 Bersih rally.
The rally, organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), was supported by Pakatan Rakyat, the coalition of the three largest opposition parties in Malaysia. The rally was deemed illegal by the government. Bersih, chaired by former president of the Bar Council Ambiga Sreenevasan, were pushing the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) to ensure free and fair elections in Malaysia.
It demanded that the EC clean up the electoral roll, reform postal voting, use indelible ink, introduce a minimum 21-day campaign period, allow all parties free access to the media, and put an end to electoral fraud.
Estimates of the turnout ranged between 10,000 to over 20,000. The protesters were unable to congregate at Merdeka Stadium as many were forced to disperse by police who were heavily deployed throughout the city.
Police arrested more than 1600 protesters, including Ambiga and several opposition figures.