March 9, 2001 |
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.
February 23, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid dismissed fears of an explosion of unrest as he flew out of Indonesia, but bloodshed escalated into beheadings even before he boarded his plane. More than 142 people have been slaughtered in a revival this week of ethnic violence in remote Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, officials and media said.
February 9, 2001 |
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid kept up attacks on offices of a rival party as protests raged over parliament's attempt to impeach him. Wahid plans to visit the province of East Java, his party's heartland and center of the protests, to try to restore calm, his spokesman said. The president has refused to step down despite mounting pressure after parliament last week censured him over two corruption scandals and opened the door to his possible impeachment.
February 7, 2001 |
Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid occupied the Javan port of Surabaja and marched on parliament, warning of a bloody uprising if opponents try to oust him for alleged corruption. The protesters stopped ferries from traveling between Java and the nearby tourist island of Bali, port officials said. In Jakarta, the capital, about 2,000 pro-Wahid students marched toward parliament, burning an opposition party's flag. Wahid called for calm.
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.
February 5, 2001 |
Censured by parliament and increasingly isolated, Indonesia's erratic president, Abdurrahman Wahid, is under mounting pressure to resign or face impeachment. In a sign of his deteriorating ability to govern, Wahid has lost the support of nearly 80% of parliament, many of whose members helped select him as president just 15 months ago. With thousands of protesters taking to the streets almost daily, calls for the president's resignation have multiplied.
February 4, 2001 |
Defiant in the face of potential impeachment, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid said Friday he will not quit despite a humiliating censure by Parliament over two corruption scandals. He also denied lying about his role in the scandals and said lawmakers had condemned him without knowing the facts. "I will not step down," he said after praying at a Jakarta mosque. "I will complete my presidential term." His term ends in 2004.
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.
January 23, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid walked out of a graft inquiry by senior lawmakers, saying he would not submit to the investigation because it was unconstitutional and politically motivated. Wahid, facing growing demands to resign, denied any wrongdoing when he reluctantly appeared before the panel, which is investigating his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals.
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.