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Protests escalate ahead of Bush's visit JAKARTA - Anti-American protests intensified on Saturday ahead of President George W. Bush's coming visit to the world's most populous Muslim country. "Bush is a terrorist!'' chanted 300 Islamic hard-liners, students and ordinary citizens who gathered outside the U.S. embassy in the capital, Jakarta, the target of near-daily protests all month. "He is guilty of killing Muslims!'' Bush was scheduled to visit Indonesia briefly on Monday.

Security has been tight, especially in the city of Bogor, where Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will discuss cooperation in health, education and poverty alleviation, as well as global issues, from the North Korean and Iranian nuclear disputes to the war in Afghanistan. Rifle-toting soldiers, police and members of an elite anti-terror squad were deployed Saturday near Bogor's presidential palace, where the two leaders are slated to meet, and a bomb squad was briefly called in to investigate a suspicious vehicle left unattended for two days.

Police towed the sedan away after explosives experts determined it posed no danger. More than 100 demonstrators turned out in scattered protests in Bogor, but were kept at least 2 kilometers from the palace. Protests also were held in the cities of Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bandarlampung and Mataram, and on the resort island of Bali.


16 November 2006: A poster of President George W. Bush which has been set afire during a protest in Bogor, West Java.



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Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2006 02:26 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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