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Indonesian police open fire against protesting crowds JAKARTA - Indonesian police opened fire against protesters on Wednesday following the adoption of the controversial "shoot-on-sight" law, which allows police forces to use live ammunition to control riots and other anarchic situations, local media reported.

Officials had previously warned protesters that the new law could be used during Wednesday's rallies as large crowds were expected to gather in Jakarta to mark the first year of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's second term in office.

According to reports, one student was shot in the leg, three police officers and a protester were injured, while another three people were arrested.

A group of around 2,000 protesters - comprised of students, workers, and activists - began approaching the Presidential Palace in central Jakarta, and after ignoring local authorities' request to disperse, hundreds of them began throwing stones and sticks to police officers.

A crowd of rallying people were trying to penetrate a security barricade, which prompted police officers to fire ten gunshots in the air as a sign of warning. But as clashes broke out, police officers responded with tear gas, and followed the "shoot-on-sight" law.

Several rallies were organized throughout the country as thousands of protesters took part in other demonstrations in Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Palu and Bogor, where protesters also reportedly clashed with police.


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Posted in Violence @ 21 October 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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