Riot police march during a mass rally organised by Bersih 5.0 calling for Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 19, 2016. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN
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Rights groups condemned Malaysia's government on Monday for a crackdown on organizers of a weekend anti-government rally, including the arrest of the protest leader under a tough law aimed at terrorism.Authorities arrested more than a dozen people before, during and after the demonstration including Maria Chin Abdullah, the leader of the "Bersih" civil society alliance that staged the rally.Most detainees have since been released but Chin remains in solitary confinement under a national security law that allows detention without charge for 28 days and can bring a lengthy prison sentence.Critics accuse Najib's government of trampling rights following a 2013 election in which his ruling coalition lost the popular vote.
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