December 25, 2000 |
Bombs exploded outside churches in Jakarta and five other Indonesian cities and towns on Christmas Eve, killing at least 14 people, injuring dozens and worsening the already difficult relations between Muslims and Christians throughout the fractured archipelago. The blasts--including one outside Jakarta's main Roman Catholic church, near the presidential palace and the main mosque--occurred as prayer services were about to get underway Sunday night.
December 21, 2000 |
A day after a visit by Indonesia's president aimed at easing tensions between rebels and the military, nine people were killed Wednesday in a rash of shootings in troubled Aceh province. A separatist leader warned of civil war if a fragile six-month cease-fire that expires next month is not renewed. "There will be war. It will get much worse," separatist Zaini Abdullah said by telephone from Stockholm, where he and other rebel leaders are living in exile.
December 20, 2000 |
Desperate to keep his crisis-ridden nation together, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid pleaded with separatists to revive talks to end a 25-year rebellion that has killed thousands in Aceh province. Wearing a bulletproof vest and under heavy guard, Wahid stayed in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, for only three hours. Rebel leaders refused to meet him and accused the military of human rights abuses. Indonesia's defense minister indicated today that a cease-fire that expires Jan.
December 10, 2000 |
Government officials and security chiefs have rejected Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's request to release five separatist leaders, news reports said Saturday. The refusal is a blow for Wahid, who has faced increasing criticism from human rights groups and foreign governments over a crackdown on separatists in Indonesia's restive provinces.
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.
November 30, 2000 |
Indonesia has detained two independence leaders in Irian Jaya and threatened to haul in others, raising fears of new separatist violence in the eastern province. Bruised by the loss of East Timor last year and facing separatists in Aceh province, Indonesia struck quickly this week. As about 100 anti-riot officers stood guard, police questioned Theys Eluay, head of the Papuan Presidium Council, the region's main independence group.
November 24, 2000 |
Five Christians were killed and 14 injured in a grenade attack Thursday on boats heading for the Indonesian island of Ambon, Roman Catholic missionary news agency MISNA reported. Attackers used machine guns and hand grenades against six boats carrying Christians to Ambon from Galala, the agency said. There was no immediate confirmation of the incident. Almost two years of religious war in the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, has killed thousands of Christians and Muslims.
November 15, 2000 |
With a peace process a shambles and violence escalating, about 50,000 people rallied in Indonesia's Aceh province to demand independence. Demonstrators who gathered in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, called on the international community to intervene in the separatist conflict, which has been raging since 1975 and has claimed thousands of lives. Independence activists said at least 50 people have been killed leading up to the rally. Police and hospital officials said 30 people were killed.
November 12, 2000 |
Tens of thousands of people rallied in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh province demanding an independence referendum, even after organizers canceled the protest fearing threats of violence by security forces. Clashes in the previous four days left 21 people dead, most of them shot by security forces, and Indonesia's reformist president blamed the army and police.
November 11, 2000 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid blamed the army and police Friday for the escalating violence in Aceh province and the deaths of at least 19 civilians before a separatist rally. Wahid said he will summon military chief Adm. Widodo Adisutjipto, Army Commander Gen. Endriarto Sutarto and national police Chief Gen. Bimantoro to explain the use of violence against pro-independence activists.