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Violence breaks out at former Malaysian PM Mahathir's forum

Violence breaks out at former Malaysian PM Mahathir's forum
From Reuters - August 13, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Violence broke out at a forum attended by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed on Sunday, a member of Mahathir's party said.

The 92-year old Mahathir, chairman of the opposition party Bersatu, was speaking at a town-hall session on Sunday when shoes, chairs and flares were thrown at him, the party's youth chief, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, told reporters.

Mahathir was safely escorted out of the event and did not suffer any injuries, the former premier's aide told Reuters.

Local media reported that several others were injured and that two men have been arrested in connection to the violence.

"Unfortunately, there were elements .. we feel and believe were aimed at sabotaging the program and hurting Dr Mahathir," Syed Saddiq said at a press conference, a video of which was posted online.

"We saw bottles, shoes, chairs and flares... They were not being thrown to the back or to the left or right but were clearly directed towards Dr Mahathir," he said.

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