SURABAYA, Indonesia — Clashes broke out today between students demanding the ouster of President B.J. Habibie and troops in the city of Surabaya, witnesses said.
They said some students and political activists sustained minor injuries in the violence near the local governor's palace in this industrial city, where Habibie was staying.
Troops beat protesters with batons, and other demonstrators fell and were trampled in the melee, the witnesses said.
The students carried banners reading "The Suharto regime has not ended," "Indonesia is crying" and "Habibie equals rice at 5,000 rupiah [42 cents] per kilogram."
Rice prices have more than tripled in the past year, adding to the misery of a country that in the last few months has seen its economy slide into its deepest recession in three decades amid violent political upheaval that ended Suharto's rule in May.