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President Faces More Protester Demands

World IN BRIEF / INDONESIA

September 11, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Riot police and troops guarded Indonesia's presidential palace, watching student protesters who were demanding that the president either rein in soaring food prices or quit. About 700 chanting demonstrators sat down on a road near the palace, dispersing peacefully after three hours. It was the fourth straight day of student protests against President B. J. Habibie, who is struggling with Indonesia's worst economic crisis in 30 years. The powerful military has said it supports the president.

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