Supporters of Bersih rally demanding electoral reforms in Malaysia march during a sympathy rally outside the Malaysian consulate in Hong Kong.
Several weddings planned in the city today were dealt a blow because of illegal street demonstrations.
Bersih supporters and the police are locked in a face-off in the heart of Kuala Lumpur as the organisers vow to carry on with the planned rally as scheduled.
PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and two of the party's vice-presidents, Salahuddin Ayub and Datuk Mahfuz Omar, were among 540 people arrested as of 1.30pm today on suspicion of being involved in illegal rallies here.
The three illegal rallies planned for today here, which forced the police to restrict entry of people into the city centre, have disrupted the usual business and other activities.
Police arrested 236 people in several locations around the national capital as at 11.10am today for attempting to take part in illegal rallies.
Protestors calling for clean elections assemble inside the old KL railway station as the police descend on them, firing tear gas and making hundreds of arrests.
The city of Kuala Lumpur is being locked down by the police since Friday in anticipation of the planned Bersih rally in the capital.
Malaysian riot police on Saturday fired teargas at protesters demanding electoral reforms and said they had arrested more than 440 people.
The dialogue with Asean and Japan trade ministers and the Federation of Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FJCCIA) is proceeding as usual despite the city being on a lockdown.
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