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Published: Friday February 4, 2011 MYT 5:06:00 PM
Updated: Friday February 4, 2011 MYT 7:06:41 PM

Seven arrested as Malaysians rally in support of Egyptians

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven men were arrested for unruly behaviour in an illegal gathering in front of the United States embassy here Friday urging the US against interference in the ongoing anti-government protests in Egypt.

The illegal gathering which began at 2.30pm was, however, dispersed by police about 20 minutes later.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said the seven arrested were brought to the district police headquarters.

"They were arrested when they become aggressive by throwing bottles and other hard objects and for refusing to disperse after being told to do so," he said at the scene of the incident, according to Bernama.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the US Embassy in support of Egyptians demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Led by Pakatan Rakyat leaders, the group, made up of a number of non-governmental organisations, marched from the KLCC mosque after Friday prayers to the embassy to hand over a memorandum urging the US government to refrain from interfering in protests in Cairo.

Watched by police, the group carried placards expressing their solidarity with the Egyptians.

In Cairo's Tahrir Square -- the hub of protests now into their 11th day -- thousands who had defied a curfew and attacks on Wednesday by pro-Mubarak supporters -- were preparing for a rally they had dubbed the "Friday of Departure."

In the face of the unprecedented challenge to Mubarak's 30-year-rule, the embattled president said he was fed up and wants to go but fears the nation would sink into chaos.

He had earlier said he would leave in September when the nation goes to the polls. In response, US President Barack Obama had said that ‘transition must begin now’.

In the most dramatic spike in violence, pro-Mubarak supporters attacked protesters in Tahrir Square on Wednesday and pitched battles broke out between the two sides that left at least 10 dead and more than 800 wounded.

The government has denied accusations by the protesters and international activists that they had instigated the attack.

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