January 30, 2001 |
In scenes reminiscent of protests that helped topple the Suharto dictatorship, thousands of students broke down parliament's gates Monday and demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid quit over his alleged involvement in two scandals. Police subdued about 10,000 protesters with warning shots and tear gas. Although the confrontation was not as violent as past clashes, officers beat some protesters during running battles on the lawn of the legislature.
July 31, 1996 |
As rumors swept this capital Tuesday that further anti-government protests were planned in the wake of violent weekend clashes, the army threatened that demonstrators would be shot. "We have issued orders to shoot if there are any attempts to disturb order," the official Antara news agency quoted Jakarta-area military commander Sutiyoso as saying. "Our tolerance is limited." But supporters of opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri appeared not to be cowed. "They shoot us all?"
October 4, 2000 |
Hundreds of students angered by rising fuel prices vandalized a provincial government office in Ujungpandang, about 890 miles east of Jakarta, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Witnesses said the students marched from a nearby university campus where they had burned two cars and set up roadblocks. At the government building, they smashed windows and broke down doors to get inside.
November 16, 1998 |
President B.J. Habibie tightened security around his palace Sunday and warned that violent student protests that have engulfed the capital, Jakarta, would only delay democratic change. An aide said the Indonesian president would stick by his military chief, Gen. Wiranto, despite outrage over the shooting deaths of at least five students in clashes with riot officers.
June 11, 1999 |
Students took to the streets of this capital today to protest the painfully slow counting of ballots from this week's election, and some said the delay opened the door to vote-tampering. More than 100 students rallied outside the tally room in a downtown Jakarta hotel, calling on all sides to avoid violence. "The slow count is a cause for concern because we are worried some people may react negatively," said University of Indonesia student Madia Madjid.
June 30, 1999 |
In the first attack against the growing United Nations presence in East Timor, more than 100 pro-Indonesian militiamen surrounded a newly opened U.N. outpost in the town of Maliana, showering the building with stones and injuring a diplomat from South Africa. At least a dozen Timorese were also injured in the attack, which could jeopardize the peace plan for East Timor.
May 18, 1998 |
At least 14 activists have "disappeared" since student demonstrations began in Indonesia nearly three months ago, raising concerns that President Suharto's regime favors repression more than reform in dealing with the country's growing political unrest. Mysterious disappearances have been part of the political landscape here for years, just as they were under dictatorships in Latin America in recent decades.
March 14, 2001 |
Supporters and opponents of Indonesia's president staged rival protests for a second day Tuesday, and police fired tear gas and beat students who threw rocks and gasoline bombs in the capital. Clashes erupted outside the office of the former ruling Golkar Party, which wants to oust President Abdurrahman Wahid. Wahid is struggling to stay in power in the face of a series of crises and scandals. Some police officers charged the crowd on motorcycles and ran over protesters who lighted bonfires.
September 25, 1999 |
A second day of rioting here and news that the violence had claimed four lives prompted Indonesia's government late Friday to suspend a new law giving the military added powers to quell opposition and limit civil rights. The protests continued into the early hours today despite the announcement, but by dawn the crowds had broken up and the city was largely peaceful.
May 19, 1998 |
Far from the troubled streets of Jakarta, a small group of Australians finish their last beers well after dawn, stand up on shaky legs and toss a parting salute to the barmaids at Mama's German Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Bali's Kuta Beach. Bali, with its Hindu-inspired tolerance, artistic culture and an identity distinct from the rest of largely Muslim Indonesia, has long been a favorite of foreign tourists.