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Short news around fuel price hikes EINDHOVEN - Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Announcement of price hikes at 10 PM

The increase, which will take effect Saturday after being approved by parliament earlier in the week, comes after the government decided to cut fuel subsidies that were devouring one-fifth of Indonesia's annual budget. Economics Minister Aburizal Bakrie said the amount of the increase would be announced at 10:00 pm (1500 GMT).

Solo

Thousands of poor families in Solo didn't receive their card to get compensation for the higher fuel prices. According do the National Bureau of Statistics (BPS), only around 22 thousand out of 28 thousand families had picked up the card to get compensation in the coming months.

Mataram

Gas stations in Mataram were closed today, one day before the price hikes were to be effective. Sellers of premium fuel and household kerosene decided not to open their business today. At this moment, there are long queues at the eight closed gas stations in the capital city of Nusa Tenggara.

Bali

On Friday, students in the resort island of Bali hijacked a truck carrying fuel while protestors in the Central Java city of Semarang forced four legislators to join their march to the governor's office.

Makassar

Meanwhile, students in Makassar on Sulawesi island blocked the streets and held Muslim Friday prayers there, causing massive traffic jams, Detikcom news website reported.


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Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes

Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.




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I'm glad to have an inlaw visitor dirumah. He can fill up my tank and jerrycan tomorrow at the gas station. This will take him at least 2 hours because of the kilometer queue. This since Monday morning. Emoticon: Puh!



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