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Over 10,000 Malaysian people take to streets to protest against Israel

2010-06-04 12:51:05 GMT2010-06-04 20:51:05 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 10,000 people went on streets in the city center of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, on Friday to protest against Israel for attacking the humanitarian aid ship heading to Gaza last Monday.

The people, mostly Muslims, walked all the way from two nearby mosques to the U.S. Embassy to express their dissatisfaction over Israeli commandos for attacking the ship in international waters and killing over 10 innocent activists.

A total of 12 Malaysian volunteers were on board the Mavi Marmara attacked by Israeli commandos last Monday.

They were detained before being released by Israel last Wednesday, and are scheduled to touch down at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday morning.

During the afternoon protest, at least five water cannon trucks were seen at a mosque nearby to prevent the crowd from disrupting public order.

Heavy Federal Reserve Unit and police were also present at critical areas while at least one helicopter was deployed to monitor the situation on the ground from the air.

The protestors brought with them banners and paper cards carrying slogans and harsh words that strongly condemn Israel for its brutal military actions taken against the ships.

The tunnel in front of the U.S. Embassy here was once closed, and protestors were seen burning an Israeli flag at the entrance of the tunnel.

Heavy traffic congestion was caused when the huge crowd gathered in front of the embassy.

A police officer told reporters here that the number of protestors had hit at least 10,000, adding that 310 police personnel had been deployed to prevent unwanted happenings from taking place during the protest.

Representatives and leaders from 70 non-government organizations and other political parties in Malaysia also took part in the protest.

Malaysian former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently the country's opposition leader in the Malaysian Parliament, was seen to have entered the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. is always perceived as a nation backing Israel all the time, resulting in a number of people putting blame on the U.S. for the very little progress made in the Middle East peace process.

While the water cannon trucks did not spray water to disperse the crowd, the protestors began to adjourn peacefully after about two hours of protest.

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