Agence France-PresseJanuary 1, 2014 03:05
Thousands of demonstrators clad in black flooded a square in the centre of the Malaysian capital late Tuesday to protest at increases in petrol and other prices, putting pressure on a government struggling to reduce debt.
Demonstrators gathered at Kuala Lumpur's Independence Square in defiance of police warnings not to rally and caused a New Year Eve's performance held there by the city to be cut short.
The protest ended peacefully after midnight. Organisers said some 15,000 people attended the rally, while police put the number at 5,000.