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20 FPI members held after clash at City Hall The Jakarta police have held 20 members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in riots and vandalism during rallies at City Hall and the Jakarta Legislative Assembly Building here on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security situation remains conducive ahead of election Security situation in Indonesia remains conducive ahead of the presidential election on July 9, deputy chief of the National Police, Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 02 July 2014 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Abduction of activists Prabowo`s personal initiative' Former defense minister and commander of the then Indonesian armed forces, retired General Wiranto, stated here on Thursday that the kidnapping of activists in 1998 was the personal initiative of Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo, then commander of the armys special Kopassus forces, had taken the initiative and had personally admitted it, Wiranto said.

Posted in History @ 19 June 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta pair ready for honest, peaceful election The Prabowo-Hatta presidential and vice presidential candidate pair have expressed their readiness to ensure an honest and peaceful election by avoiding acts that can be detrimental to the people of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for cabinet meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to remind ministers to continue their work until the end of their service time next October 2014, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 22 April 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans urged not to be provoked by video clips Chief security minister Djoko Suyanto has urged the public in Jakarta not to be provoked by a video clip showing provocations and threats in an attempt to prevent people from participating in the next Jakarta gubernatorial election run-off.

Posted in Politics @ 23 August 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief warden replaced after riot at prison in Bali The chief warden of Bali`s Kerobokan penitentiary, Bowo Nariwono, as well as the prison`s chief of security, Anang Khuzaini, were replaced following recent riots at the prison. The positions were transferred at about 9.30am on Friday during a short ceremony at the official residence of the chief warden.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in violent clashes in Ambon Riots broke out in Ambon on Sunday, claiming three lives and injuring 60 others following a rumor that an ojek (motor taxi) driver was tortured to death by another group of residents in the city.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys Navy ships after second death in Tiaka riots The Indonesian government on Tuesday deployed two Navy ships to the northeastern island of Tiaka after a second death was reported due to ongoing riots.

Posted in Violence @ 24 August 2011 13:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fierce riots on Indonesia's Tiaka Island leaves one dead At least one person was shot dead on Monday after riots broke out on the northern Indonesian island of Tiaka, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2011 07:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea Australian and Papua New Guinean officials said on Friday that the Manus Island detention center may be reopened, the Daily Telegraph reported.


Posted in General @ 06 May 2011 04:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police open fire against protesting crowds 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.

Posted in Violence @ 21 October 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono returns from Thailand earlier Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono returned home from Thailand on Saturday, earlier than scheduled, after riots hit Pattaya, of Thailand, press officer of the Indonesian Presidential Palace Nachrowi said. "President has returned from Thailand at 19:00 Jakarta time today," he told.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects inquiry call over activist poisoning The defence minister today rejected calls for a UN inquiry into the death of Indonesia's leading human rights activist, amid mounting pressure on authorities following the acquittal of the only suspect in the poisoning death. Munir Said Thalib, who gained a reputation for exposing abuses by the Indonesian military in the late 1990s, was given a massive overdose of arsenic on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in 2004.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 November 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: Suharto should face corruption charges Indonesia's former dictator Suharto should stand trial on charges he embezzled at least US$600 million during his 32-year reign, his successor was quoted Friday as saying. The attorney general's office said recently it was dropping the long stalled graft-case against Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 amid nationwide riots, citing a heart problem and a series of strokes that left him with brain damage.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2006 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braced for violent protests Indonesia will go on high alert for violent protests if it goes ahead with the execution of three of the Bali bombers. Jakarta will take the precaution after the executions of three Christians at the weekend sparked riots involving hundreds of people in Central Sulawesi province. Demonstrators torched an official's home and went on a looting and rock-throwing rampage after the three men were executed by firing squad for their roles in deadly attacks on Muslims in 2000.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY denounces Timor Leste PM for linking unrest with Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday denounced Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for accusing pro-Indonesia militiamen of involving in the bloody riots in the tiny country in the last few weeks. Susilo said Alkatiri's remarks could spark a new problem in the bilateral ties between Indonesia and its former province, which seceded in 1999 under a U.N.-sponsored referendum and gained independence three years later.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Yudhoyono says ex-president Suharto in 'serious condition' Indonesia's president said after visiting ailing ex-dictator Suharto in the hosptial early Friday that he was in "serious condition." Suharto, who was ousted after 32 years in power in 1998 amid student protests and nationwide riots, had a CT scan Thursday after being operated on to halt intestinal bleeding.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for having dialogue with labors in the Sidoarjo`s sport-hall, after that he will visit Jombang district and will end his trip in Tuban district," chairman of East Java chapter of PKB, Imam Nahrawi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia set for fuel cost rise Indonesia is to raise nationwide fuel prices from 1 October, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced. The controversial decision comes as the country moves to cut fuel subsidies in response to the soaring cost of oil. President Yudhoyono said his government would go ahead with the fuel price rise, but did not say by how much.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2005 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia to raise oil price by 30-60% Indonesia will increase oil price from Oct. 1 at a range of 30 to 60 percent, in an effort to adjusts piraling global oil price and to defend the country's currency from US dollar, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Wednesday. "He (vice president) said the rise could be more than that (30 percent), may be 50 percent or 60 percent," Chairman of Indonesian Church Union Andreas Yuwangoe told reporters after meeting with the vice president at the vice presidential office here.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares for protests over planned fuel price hikes Indonesia is preparing for protests over government plans to cut subsidies that keep the price of gasoline products affordable for the country's millions of poor people, the security minister said Wednesday. The country plans to hike prices by as much as 50 per cent as early as next month to ease the strain of soaring global crude oil costs on its budget.

Posted in Protests @ 21 September 2005 17:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia politicians visit ailing Suharto During ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto's weeklong hospital stay, the country's political elite stumbled over one another to visit the ailing strongman. Emerging from the elite Pertamina Hospital, they described him as a great leader and "father of the country.'' Neither current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono nor anybody else mentioned Suharto's dismal human rights record or his history of corruption on a staggering scale, sending the strongest signal yet that the dictator's long-dormant graft case for allegedly stealing $600 million would not be reopened.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 May 2005 18:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The government says it will gradually liberalize the domestic fuel market over the next five years, with the aim of completely eliminating costly fuel subsidies by 2010. "In the year 2010, fuel prices will be determined by the mechanism of healthy and appropriate competition, and the government will only give special help to replace subsidies for certain fuels," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was quoted as saying Monday (29/11/04) by detikcom online news portal.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to deploy 1m security personnel for election Indonesia plans to deploy over one million police officers, soldiers and civilian guards to ensure voting in Monday's presidential election passes off peacefully. This comes as some potential suicide bombers remain on the loose following last week's deadly blast outside's Australia's embassy in Jakarta. Indonesia's first two rounds of elections this year passed off relatively peacefully, but the authorities are not letting their guard down.

Posted in Elections @ 18 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mine threats prompt Indonesia travel warning Hundreds of Indonesian police are being sent to guard one of the largest mines in Indonesia after threats were made against Westerners working there. Our Indonesia correspondent, Tim Palmer, says the Inco mine in Suluawasi is the focus of an updated travel warning on Indonesia issued by the Australian government.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa rules hit fragile tourist industry A week ago all the 50 waterfront rooms in Lombok's swish Oberoi Hotel were empty. And with a raft of new visa regulations for Indonesia-bound tourists taking effect from the start of this month, the hotel's manager, John Halpin, reckons the island's tourism future looks as bleak as it ever has. Since the new visa policy was introduced, tourists and tourism operators have been complaining that the changes forcing most travellers to get visas will further discourage visitors already spooked by security warnings.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim leader warns of Indonesia war reaction An attack on Iraq by the United States and Australia would be a golden opportunity for radical fundamentalists in Indonesia and other Muslim countries to expand their support, the leader of Indonesia's biggest Islamic organisation has warned. Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of the 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama, said a Western war on Iraq would undo all the good done by a joint campaign by all faiths in Indonesia to reduce religious tensions after the Bali bombing.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clues yet to emerge linking cleric to Bali bombs Picking through the charred ruins of the Sari nightclub, Indonesian investigators and FBI agents must wonder if they will stumble across a clue to the Bali bomb that will lead them to the door of a bespectacled Islamic cleric. Four days ago the names of Abu Bakar Bashir and the Jemaah Islamiah (Islamic Community) -- of which some foreign intelligence agencies say he is the spiritual leader -- were little known outside Southeast Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In what could be an industry first, Indonesian travel and tourism associations are to mount a joint campaign to oppose an attack on Iraq. Citing the small but steady recovery taking place in one of the country's leading foreign-exchange earning industries, the Indonesian Tourism Council and the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB) are rallying the support of several other industry associations in drafting a letter to the US embassy in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 09 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mobs burn hotels in Puncak resort, 41 detained Around 2,000 mobs armed with sticks and gasoline bombs torched hotels and vandalized suspected brothels in a popular mountain resort town of Puncak in Greater Jakarta area, police said. The riots late Saturday in Cisarua regency of Puncak resort area, about 60 kilometers south of Jakarta, were apparently sparked by local anger at prostitution in the area, state news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel price hike effective today The government finally raised fuel prices by a hefty 30 percent late on Friday, just one day after it had decided to delay the plan due to concerns over its social and security implications. Newly appointed Coordinating Minister for the Economy Burhanuddin Abdullah said the new fuel prices would take affect as of Saturday.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scores of weapons confiscated from Gus Dur supporters Police seized hundreds of weapons and arrested 22 people as thousands of President Abdurrahman Wahid supporters from East Java arrived here on Tuesday. Jakarta Police Detective Chief Sr. Comr. Adang Rochana said the people were arrested at city bus terminals and railway stations for possessing illegal weapons. Police questioned an additional 100 people but later released them.

Posted in Protests @ 30 May 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters threaten to storm House building Thousands of supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid threatened on Tuesday to storm the House of Representatives (DPR) building should the House decide, at its plenary session on Wednesday, to call for a special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to impeach the President.

Posted in Protests @ 30 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual for Jakartans despite rumors Jakartans appear to have attained a certain level of nonchalance when confronted with rumors of disturbances connected with the current political tension, saying simply that they've seen it all before. In separate interviews with The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, a number of interviewees said that they had heard rumors of riots, but so far they had failed to materialize.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top security alert imposed, violence flares up in E. Java As police called for a top security alert throughout the country amid the heightened tension between members of the political elite, riots hit several towns of East Java province on Monday when thousands of self-proclaimed supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid rampaged at public facilities, schools and offices of opposing political parties.

Posted in Violence @ 29 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur supporters start pouring into the capital Amid increasing worries of possible civil unrest over the current political situation, hundreds of supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid arrived here on Monday to show support for their embattled leader. People grouped in the United People's Movement (Garab) from Malang and Blitar, East Java, arrived at Senen railway station in Central Jakarta on Monday. Many other supporters took buses to the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dolar, dolar, dolar !!! - I can imagine very well, the shouting of traders in Rupiah and 'Dolar Amerika Serikat', the US Greenback. Not in the JSX, where 16 people got killed last year, but just in the streets, at markets downtown Jakarta and far outside. People who can afford to buy foreign money actually will, those who cant, are already too late. The Rupiah tipped 11,500 to the US$ before BI(1 intervened, and two days after we are seeing levels around and just below the 10,000 mark. That's still dramatically below levels that were targeted by the Indonesian government for the economical year 2001, which lasts to 31 december 2001.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampit tense again after guns go missing Tension rose in the riot-torn town of Sampit again on Tuesday following the disappearance of six guns and 80 sets of military uniforms despite the security forces effort to restore order in the area, an official said. The official, who requested anonymity, said that the guns and uniforms had probably been stolen by locals.

Posted in Violence @ 07 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight die in latest clashes in Sampit A new bout of ethnic violence erupted on Wednesday in East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, with reports that another eight people have been killed. Latest reports coming out of the small town of Sampit, about 214 kilometers west of the provincial capital Palangka Raya, bely police reports that the situation had calmed and was under control since the violence initially exploded on Sunday between migrant Madurese settlers and the local Dayak tribe.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan ethnic clashes kill 75, many beheaded More than 75 people have been slaughtered -- some beheaded and their heads carried around -- in savage ethnic bloodshed on Indonesia's portion of Borneo island, local officials and media said on Thursday. National police chief Suroyo Bimantoro told reporters the police and army had each sent in an extra battalion and the navy was being called in to handle a flood of thousands of refugees.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wave of refugees leave Sampit Thousands of Sampit's citizens, the capital of East Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan, left Palangkaraya on Tuesday (20/2) in waves. Palangkaraya is located around 220 kilometers east of Sampit. Trucks laden with belongings of Sampit people and hundreds of private cars were constantly heading towards Palangkaraya.

Posted in Violence @ 21 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amid the battling for pro and con Wahid positions in Parliament and on the streets, a local monthly Indonesian magazine for Moslem scholars and intellectuals has come up with a detailed list of the `sins` of the President. According to the magazine, Sabili , which also has a cyber site, the President has committed the following errors :

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive demo expected to hit Jakarta on Jan. 29 Massive demonstrations are expected to hit Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia on Jan. 29 when the House of Representatives will announce its stance on two financial scandals, allegedly involving President Abdurrahman Wahid. But the government and the Indonesian Military urged the public to be calm in responding to rumors about planned massive demonstrations by two opposing groups, one in support of Gus Dur and the other from anti-Gus Dur groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigovernment rally fails to materialize The feared massive antigovernment rally failed to materialize here on Monday, and the city's unusually quiet streets were a testimony of residents' concerns. With some 40,000 stand-by security troops deployed across the city, businesses and schools were mostly untroubled, except for several places where bomb threats were received.

Posted in Protests @ 15 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt arrests U.S. citizen allegedly involved in Papua riot Minister of Defense Mohammad Mahfud M.D. claimed on Sunday that Indonesian security authority had arrested a U.S. citizen who was allegedly involved in recent riots in West Papua or Irian Jaya province. The U.S. citizen, identified as Aaron Ward Maness, was detained in Jakarta on Saturday.

Posted in Violence @ 22 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democratic Party of Struggle office bombed The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) office in the city of Masohi on the Central Maluku island of Seram was bombed by an unknown assailant at 9:30 p.m. on Monday. The explosion destroyed the office of the party chairman, Drs. Demmy Resusun MS, and badly damaged the building. No casualties were reported. The explosion shocked local residents who thought they were under attack by rioters. Local residents have patrolled the neighborhood since last night. The speaker of PDI-P faction in the Maluku Legislative Council confirmed the attack in a telephone interview with TEMPO Interaktif. According to the faction leader, the blast destroyed some important archives. He suspects that the bombing is related to several riots that have struck the area.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City set for violent protests over fuel hike City authorities say they are fully prepared for violent protests, strikes and shortages when fuel prices are raised on Sunday. The authorities said on Thursday 200 buses were on standby should bus drivers in the capital go on strike to protest the 12 percent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2000 16:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Going by the headlines and TV images, it's easy to conclude that Indonesia is a hopeless mess. Riots, bombings, assassinations, ethnic violence, a country torn apart by chaos and evil. So when I told friends last month that my wife and I were going to Indonesia for a one-week vacation, most said something along the lines of, "Are you crazy, don't they kill ethnic Chinese there?"

Posted in General @ 25 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is missing. The country is lost somewhere, in the jungle of anarchy, instability, economic crisis and leadership crisis. This is not the first time Indonesia is missing; indeed this was the second time the country is missing. A capsule history records that the natives of various kingdoms in this southeast outer islands of Southeast Asia first found the country on 17 August 1945.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency status in Maluku takes effect at snail's pace With open attacks largely suppressed in Ambon, sniper fire has become the most immediate concern for many residents. Throughout the city sporadic solo gunfire, believed to come from gunmen hiding in ruble and vacated buildings, could be heard as the state of civil emergency in Maluku and North Maluku entered its third day on Thursday.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 June 2000 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok are shakes off the gloom once again Business activities at Harco Glodok electronics center in West Jakarta stated to show signs of life on Tuesday amid fears of further rioting in the predominantly ethnic-Chinese business district. Several stores opened their doors to customers under the watchful eyes of dozens of uniformed police officers, while others whose stores were burned or vandalized by mobs during rioting on Saturday were still busy cleaning up the mess.

Posted in Violence @ 18 May 2000 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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