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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 16:32 GMT
In pictures: Aceh rebels fly the flag
Security forces in the Indonesian province of Aceh have torn down separatist flags as rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) mark the 25th anniversary of their struggle for independence.

There have been reports of clashes with the army reporting at least two rebels killed.

But the streets of the capital, Banda Aceh, remained largely deserted except for army patrols.

Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels said they held ceremonies at secret locations in the jungle.
Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels said they held ceremonies at secret locations in the jungle.

They raised the flag of the separatist movement
They raised the flag of the separatist movement - police say they tore down about 100 flags in the capital, Banda Aceh.

A statement from exiled leader Hasan di Tiro was read out
A statement from exiled leader Hasan di Tiro was read out calling on the Acehnese to pursue independence at all costs

Indonesian army patrols were out in force
Indonesian army patrols were out in force across the oil and gas-rich province.

GAM rebels demonstrate training with weapons
Meanwhile, GAM rebels demonstrated their firepower...

Women volunteers
... and women volunteers marched alongside their male colleagues in a show of force

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