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Monday, 2 February, 1998, 15:45 GMT
Further violent food protests reported in Indonesia

There have been more protests over increased food prices in several parts of Indonesia, as tens of millions of people face increasing hardship because of the economic crisis.

On Sulawesi, a local military official in the port of Donggala said about two thousand people attacked shops rumoured to be raising prices and were turned back by security forces.

There were similar protests by about a thousand people in the east Javanese town of Pasuruan.

The BBC Jakarta correspondent says the increasing frequency of such protests will further worry the Indonesian authorities, who are bracing themselves for the return of millions of out-of-work people to the cities following the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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