July 28, 1996 |
An army and police assault on crowds of pro-democracy protesters triggered massive rioting here Saturday, hours after a bloody dawn raid by police and civilian toughs who took control of an opposition headquarters building. As smoke rose Saturday evening from fires that were gutting buildings in one part of the city, it was unclear how long it would take for the military-backed government to reassert full control.
November 8, 1994 |
A week before a state visit by President Clinton, an Indonesian court Monday sentenced the leader of the country's largest independent labor union to three years in prison for allegedly inciting workers to violence earlier this year. Muchtar Pakpahan was the fourth senior official of the Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union to be sentenced to prison in connection with riots in the Sumatran city of Medan in April.
December 29, 1991 |
President Suharto fired two military commanders whose troops shot to death pro-independence demonstrators last month in East Timor. Replaced were Maj. Gen. Sintong Pandjaitan and Brig. Gen. Rudolf S. Warouw. Indonesia's armed forces maintain that they fired in self-defense and that 19 demonstrators were shot to death Nov. 12 in Dili, capital of the Portuguese colony annexed by Indonesia in 1976.
December 3, 2000 |
Tensions between Indonesian forces and separatists pushing for Irian Jaya's independence exploded into violence Saturday when police fired on a group wielding bows and arrows during a clash. Eight people were killed. Gen. Sylvanus Wenas, a top police commander in the troubled province, said the two sides clashed after the separatists tried to raise an outlawed rebel flag in the southeastern town of Merauke.
May 23, 1998 |
Government troops removed several thousand university students from the national parliament grounds here early today, peacefully ending a five-day protest that led to the resignation of longtime ruler President Suharto. Red beret marines surrounded the sprawling grounds of the parliament in south Jakarta shortly before midnight, informing the 3,000 to 4,000 persistent student demonstrators still inside that they would be transported to the nearby Catholic University.
November 22, 1998 |
After days of bloody student protests, Indonesian President B.J. Habibie on Saturday ordered a new corruption inquiry into his authoritarian predecessor and former mentor. The decision to appoint a commission to investigate ex-President Suharto's wealth came precisely six months after Habibie replaced the 77-year-old former autocrat on May 21 as head of state after deadly riots and protests. An earlier inquiry found no wrongdoing by Suharto and has been branded a sham by critics.
December 8, 1995 |
Violence flared in Jakarta on the 20th anniversary of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor when anti-Indonesian Timorese and pro-government counterdemonstrators invaded the Dutch Embassy. Witnesses said pro-Indonesian protesters briefly entered the embassy after verbally abusing 58 East Timorese and their sympathizers holed up there since early morning. The counterdemonstrators invaded the embassy shortly after another group of East Timorese forced its way into the Russian Embassy.
May 19, 1998 |
President Clinton called Monday for an Indonesian "political dialogue" to end the crisis in the riot-scarred Southeast Asian archipelago, but he and his administration refused to say what outcome would please the United States. As the situation in Indonesia became more confused, the administration left its policy goals deliberately vague. Assistant Secretary of State Stanley O.
May 22, 1999 |
Indonesian students clashed with police during protests in Jakarta, the capital, to demand that former President Suharto be prosecuted for corruption. Suharto insists that he did nothing wrong. On the first anniversary of Suharto's resignation, Jakarta was hit by its worst unrest in months, creating a scene reminiscent of the riots that forced him out of office. Many fear more violence during the campaign for June 7 parliamentary elections.
May 3, 1998 |
Their demands for quick political reform rebuffed, students battled police on four Jakarta campuses Saturday as they pressed for President Suharto's ouster. Tens of thousands of students in at least a dozen other cities also rallied against the government, which is trying to cope with Indonesia's worst economic turmoil in decades. Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing students in the most violent day of campus protests in the capital since the economy plummeted last year.