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Mass demonstrations today JAKARTA - Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.
"The people of Jember will not engage in vandalism as in other regions like Banyuwangi, Situbondo, and Bondoworso," he promised. Jember Regional Police Chief Hariyono has promised to prioritize security during the meeting and his force will coordinate with Besuki District Police, Mobile Brigades, Indonesian Military, and Banser members. Another mass demonstration expected today is from those supporters of the `People`s Network` who will demand tjhe dissolution of the Golkar Party and total eradication of New Order regime`s henchmen and followers. The protest is expected to begin this morning from the residence of former President Suharto at Jalan Cendana and the Executive Office of Golkar Party at Jalan Penggangsaan, both in Central Jakarta. Both locations are seen as potent symbols of the New Order regime and Golkar.
Separately, Golkar Party chairman Akbar Tandjung denied Defense Minister Mahfud MD`s accusation claiming that his party had received a campaign fund of Rp. 90 billion from conglomerates in 1999. Mahfud made the statement in Kendari, Sulawesi, last Saturday and Tandjung replied "Golkar never received Rp 90 billion from anyone," in the House of Representatives building in Jakarta. Akbar said Golkar had given its financial accountability to the Supreme Court in accordance with the prevailing laws. "Golkar`s financial sources are clearly from donators and Golkar members," he said. Akbar said he would not press any charges against the Minister despite the accusation. But would clarify directly and asked the Minister to be responsible for his statement. "The Defense Minister should make accountable statements," he asserted.
When asked whether he was included in the list of ten prominent figures who would be arrested based on President Abdurrahman Wahid`s order, due to alleged embezzlement of tax payment, Akbar answered he didn`t know. One thing for sure, he said, such arrest should follow the legal procedures and laws. Akbar also indicated that the accusation and destruction of Golkar`s offices in several regions were efforts to discredit the Suharto`s regime’s party.



Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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