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Thursday, September 23, 1999 Published at 20:20 GMT 21:20 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Picture gallery: Violence in Jakarta



Police and demonstrators have been involved in bloody clashes on the streets of Jakarta and Indonesia's second city of Subabaya after parliament enacted a law granting extra powers to the military.


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Indonesian military, here running the gauntlet of East Timor veterans, have been given powers to deal with violence and "outside threats".


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Protesters hurl rocks and Molotov bombs at riot police after converging on the parliament.


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Riot police tried to disperse a crowd of 1,000 protesters with baton charges.


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There were injuries reported on both sides and arrests were made.


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Police fired at the demonstrations. Three people were reported killed and scores were injured.


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Student leaders say they are "prepared for any outcome" including death.


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As dusk fell, demonstrators dispersed, leaving at least two burning vehicles near the parliament.




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