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High court asked to cancel price hikes JAKARTA - Opposition to recent price hikes in Indonesia mounted Wednesday as groups urged the Supreme Court to block the move and protesters attacked offices of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party. Protests have continued almost daily across the country since early January in the most widespread public challenge to Megawati's 18-month administration.
Johnson Panjaitan of the Indonesian Legal Aid Centre said the government had violated the constitution by making fuel and essential public utilities unaffordable to the poor. "The constitution stipulates that commodities and services of public interest should be controlled by the state and used for the utmost benefit of the public," Panjaitan said.
He said in addition to seven non-governmental organisations, labour unions from the state-run oil company Pertamina and the state electricity company signed the appeal, which was submitted on Tuesday. Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators Opposing the price hikes, who had been waiting in vain for Megawati to arrive in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, vented their anger by attacking the local headquarters of Megawati's Indonesian Democracy Party of Struggle (PDIP), the ElShinta radio said.
In the capital, students outside one Jakarta university campus burned tyres to block traffic in protest at the hikes. The students then moved off to join hundreds of their colleagues outside the presidential palace for an afternoon demonstration there. They rallied outside the presidential palace, chanting anti-government slogans. Some of them had earlier hijacked five oil tank trucks and forced the drivers to transport them to the palace where they were initially arrested before being released.



Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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