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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Jakarta police mount show of strength
Police and troops roll through Jakarta's streets
Police and troops roll through Jakarta's streets
Thousands of police backed by troops mounted a show of strength outside Indonesia's parliament building on Tuesday.


There is no such word as resign in my dictionary, I must stay on until 2004

President Wahid
The move comes ahead of impeachment hearings against President Abdurrahman Wahid due to start in the national assembly (MPR) on 1 August.

Police on Tuesday demonstrated evacuation plans
Police on Tuesday demonstrated evacuation plans
But a showdown could come earlier because President Wahid has threatened to declare a state of emergency unless the impeachment process is abandoned by 1800 (1100GMT) this Friday.

Assembly leaders have said the MPR will convene within hours if Mr Wahid carries out his threat, raising fears that his supporters and opponents could take to the streets.

Evacuation plans

About 6,000 police and troops with armoured cars, fast troop carriers and helicopters moved into position to protect the parliament complex on Tuesday.

About 42,000 security personnel are expected to be on Jakarta's streets for 1 August.

Police demonstration of demonstration control
Protesters "will be shot below the knee"
A police spokesman said there were plans to evacuate assembly members should violence erupt.

Jakarta Police spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam told Reuters news agency: "The head of the parliament and the MPR as well as the president and the vice president will be evacuated by helicopter."

Other members would be moved in police convoy to the Jakarta and national police headquarters, a few kilometres from parliament.

'Shoot-to-wound'

The Jakarta-based website Detikcom reported a police commander as saying demonstrators trying to push past an inner circle of troops guarding the parliament would be "shot below the knees" with live ammunition.

President Wahid:
President Wahid: Set an 1800 Friday deadline
President Wahid has repeated his refusal to quit, saying he will remain in power until the end of his term.

"There is no such word as resign in my dictionary," he said from North Sulawesi. "I must stay on until 2004."

Impeachment

The MPR insists that Mr Wahid must deliver an accountability speech on 1 August to explain the alleged failures of his administration.

If the body - which is dominated by the president's enemies - fails to accept the report, the president would have to step down.

But Mr Wahid says the assembly, which elected him in September 1999, does not have the constitutional right to demand such a speech before the end of his five-year term.

See also:

16 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Wahid faces early impeachment
13 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Armed police defy Wahid
12 Jul 01 | Asia-Pacific
Police feud symbolic of chaos
21 Oct 99 | Asia-Pacific
Analysis: Indonesia's Islamic presidency?
31 May 01 | Asia-Pacific
Analysis: Indonesia's power vacuum
30 May 01 | Asia-Pacific
Analysis: Testing Indonesia's democracy
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