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May 23, 1998 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fate of Indonesia rests largely on the shoulders of people like Liem Sioe Liong and Hendra Lie. Liem is an elderly, publicity-shy billionaire whose vast empire includes the country's largest cement and steel plants. Lie is an outspoken 30-year-old garment factory owner. They are very different people with one thing in common: their Chinese ancestry.
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June 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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NEWS
January 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Rioters fired flaming arrows at mosques and churches and armed gangs blocked roads as clashes between Christian and Muslim militants spread in eastern Indonesia. At least 24 people have died this week and almost 3,000 have fled their homes in Maluku province, once known as the Spice Islands. At least 10 religious buildings were set afire and thousands of police and troops have been flown in to restore order.
NEWS
March 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
December 31, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
December 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
November 24, 1998 | Reuters
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.
NEWS
November 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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March 10, 2001 | Times wire services
Hundreds of Dayak demonstrators rampaged through this provincial capital in central Borneo on Friday, setting ablaze security posts and a police truck. Officers fired warning shots to disperse the crowd. Witnesses said Indonesian police opened fire on the Dayaks as they tried to break into the compound of the provincial police chief's home. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
NEWS
March 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
A peace mission by Indonesia's head of state ended in bloodshed Thursday when police and native Dayaks clashed on Borneo island, where hundreds of people have been slaughtered in ethnic violence. As many as six indigenous protesters were killed, the Kalteng Pos newspaper quoted local military chiefs as saying. Police said four died in the fighting. Just minutes after President Abdurrahman Wahid flew out of the region, Dayak protesters threw rocks at riot police, who responded with gunfire.
NEWS
February 22, 2001 | Associated Press
Clashes between rival ethnic groups in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo have left more than 100 people dead, police said today. Many of the dead were mutilated and at least 20 people were beheaded, said Sgt. Tigei, a police spokesman in the town of Sampit in Central Kalimantan province. Clashes in Sampit between indigenous Dayaks and immigrants from other parts of Indonesia first erupted Sunday.
NEWS
February 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
January 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
October 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
May 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Truckloads of Indonesian troops maintained an uneasy peace in Medan on Thursday after three days of rioting, but fears of further violence sent tremors through markets across Asia and hit the beleaguered rupiah, the Indonesian currency. Armed forces chief Gen. Wiranto urged students to end their protests against the 32-year rule of President Suharto, saying that their calls for reform were now part of the national agenda and that the army backed gradual political and economic reform.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
Dozens of looters today pilfered pots, cooking oil and boxes of noodles from a warehouse here, the day after thousands of rioters had flipped over cars and hurled rocks at police in the worst outbreak of violence since the country's economy buckled last year. Police responded to the looting by firing shots into the air and swinging clubs at the crowd. Children and housewives scrambled away with stolen goods. "I got it," said one man who hauled a sack of rice.
NEWS
September 7, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Indonesian mob, angry over the death of a notorious militia leader, stormed a U.N. building in West Timor on Wednesday and killed at least three foreign aid workers, authorities said. Pro-Indonesian militia members and their supporters hauled the bodies into the street and set them on fire before a crowd of thousands of people armed with machetes and homemade rifles, witnesses said. Four U.N.
NEWS
May 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of students hurling rocks and bottles clashed with police Friday in the streets of Jakarta, demanding that former President Suharto be tried for alleged corruption during his 32 years in power. Police outside Suharto's house fired rounds of tear gas at protesters chanting "Hang Suharto!" Dozens of students set fire to tires in the streets of the capital and threw stones at police, who fired more tear gas. "Put Suharto on trial now!" read one poster carried by a protester.
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