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Malaysians turn out in thousands to defy police

Against the odds: Despite police saying a rally was illegal and setting up roadblocks, Malaysian opposition supporters gather to protest about rising fuel prices. Photo: AFP

THOUSANDS of Malaysians braved police road blocks and the threat of arrest yesterday for a mass political rally over higher fuel prices and fresh sodomy accusations against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Organisers were forced to change the venue twice, fearing a clash with police would result in a state of emergency, which could jeopardise the significant gains made by opposition parties in the March election.

The police declared the rally illegal and set up roadblocks, turning some buses away.