Monday, September 20, 1999 Published at 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Jakarta quiet as Timor force goes in
A protest in Jakarta against the power of the military
By Jim Fish in Jakarta
There has been a muted reaction in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to the arrival of the international peacekeepers in East Timor.
Although it has been clear for days that East Timor has been in effect lost to Indonesia, public reaction has so far been remarkably low key.
There has been another demonstration at the Australian embassy against Australia's leading role in the peacekeeping operation, but otherwise, little criticism of the government or the military for the loss of East Timor after 24 years.
That could change, though, should the demonstrations focus more sharply on the authorities.
The big question, though, is how the military will react to their humiliating retreat from East Timor.
There is speculation that the influential army chief, General Wiranto, may himself run for the presidency, but that decision may depend on the public reaction on the streets, and on how far the authorities can control and channel the unpredictable mood of the people.