June 15, 2001 |
Police fired tear gas and warning shots at thousands of protesting workers in three Indonesian cities Thursday, while the embattled government delayed fuel price hikes for fear of more unrest. It was the second straight day of violent protests against new labor laws. Police shot and wounded at least three people in Sidoarjo, near East Java's provincial capital, Surabaya. About 3,000 demonstrators blocked roads and attacked police in Bandung in West Java. Warning shots broke up a protest in Waru.
February 6, 2001 |
Thousands of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters attacked a college campus and burned the offices of political opponents who want to speed up his possible impeachment. The unrest in East Java province followed demonstrations against Wahid in Jakarta, the capital, last week and took place just hours before legislators handed documents to police that they say link him to two corruption scandals.
December 31, 1998 |
A mob of Indonesian villagers forced off-duty soldiers off a bus and killed seven of them with machetes while rioters attacked police nearby, officials said. The violence in northwestern Aceh province on Sumatra island was likely to raise tensions in an area where the military is trying to extricate itself from a decade-long campaign against rebel separatists. Officials suspect that guerrilla followers were behind the soldiers' slayings.
December 28, 1998 |
Troops guarded three locations in Indonesia after separate outbreaks of Christmas violence in which dozens were injured, government officials and police said. Outside the Sumatran city of Medan, about 5,000 people stormed the red-light district on Friday. The protesters were demanding the closure of the area during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month. In two incidents on Sulawesi island, a discotheque and a government building were set on fire.
November 24, 1998 |
Looking increasingly rudderless since the downfall of President Suharto six months ago, Indonesian leaders on Monday urged an end to unrest after the capital was hit by more savage violence over the weekend. At least 13 people were killed in Jakarta on Sunday after Javanese Muslims and Christians from the eastern island of Ambon clashed in a frightening reminder of how fragile the social cohesion has become in this hugely diverse country. "We should be able to control ourselves.
November 27, 1998 |
Protests erupted in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia on Thursday, more of the near-daily civil unrest stemming from residents' political and economic frustration. In Jakarta, the capital, troops blocked more than 1,000 students from marching on the home of former President Suharto, and about 200 protesters were stopped from staging a sit-in at the attorney general's office.