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The BBC's Richard Galpin in Jakarta
"Revenge for the tough police action against student protests"
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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Violence breaks out in Jakarta
Student throwing molotov cocktail
A student throws a molotov cocktail at a burning car
Violence broke out in Jakarta on Friday as hundreds of Indonesian students and locals held a demonstration against former President Suharto.

Mr Suharto is said to be suffering from a dangerous neurological disorder.

A police station and several vehicles were set on fire in Friday's protest.

The action was reportedly in retaliation for the police attack on Thursday, during another protest against the former president.


Students overturn an army van
Students overturn a military van before setting it alight
In Friday's protest, the students formed human roadblocks, stopping police and army cars while hundreds of bystanders watched.

A navy bus travelling on Salemba street was mobbed by students, who overturned it and set it on fire. It burst into flames after the petrol tank caught alight.

Residents from poor areas of the city also joined the protests.

Four police vans were mobbed. "They ordered the people to get out and burned the cars," an orderly at one hospital, Mr Pratamo, told the Associated Press news agency.

A crowd of some 400 students and civilians later marched in the plush Menteng area, where Mr Suharto lives, to stage another rally but were blocked by police.


A student dances near a burning car
A student dances near a burning car
In Thursday's protest, police used tear gas and truncheons on students, who were throwing molotov cocktails and rocks at police near Mr Suharto's home.

At least 13 students required hospital treatment after being beaten by police.

Recently there have been almost daily clashes between security forces and students protesting for Mr Suharto to be arrested and tried for corruption.

The protests in Jakarta, as well as the unrest in the Moluccas, sent share prices on the Jakarta stock exchange closing 1.8% lower on Friday.

'Dangerous' disease

Mr Suharto's lawyer, Juan Felix Tampubolon, said on Friday that the former president, 78, had a neurological disorder that needed intensive treatment.
Students attack a military vehicle
Students attack a military vehicle

"This disease is similar in mode to Parkinson's but far more dangerous," he told the financial news agency AFX.

"There is concern the damage to his brain could ... result in damage to the operational systems of the rest of his body," he said, adding Mr Suharto's condition was deteriorating.

Mr Suharto suffered a mild stroke last year.

State prosecutors investigating alleged corruption have had to stop questioning Mr Suharto three times, after his doctors said he was too ill.

The former ruler of 32 years is accused of misusing funds from charities he set up to benefit his family and cronies.


A schoolgirl looks on as a car burns
A schoolgirl looks on as a car burns
Attorney-General Marzuki Darusman has insisted he would move quickly to bring Mr Suharto to trial, threatening to resign if there were attempts to stop him doing so.

Mr Suharto has been banned from leaving Indonesia, and prosecutors have been given leave to freeze his assets.

The former ruler has led a secluded life since he stepped down from May 1998 following huge student protests.

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