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Police Disperse 9,000 Opponents of Governor

The World | IN BRIEF / INDONESIA

September 12, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Police in Indonesia shot blanks into the air and fired water cannons and tear gas at about 9,000 people protesting the candidacy of Jakarta's governor, a former general accused of rights abuses.

Gov. Sutiyoso was, as expected, reelected by city councilors.

Sutiyoso, who goes by one name, commanded the Jakarta garrison in 1996 when soldiers attacked the party offices of opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is now president. Several dozen people were killed or abducted.

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