Wednesday, May 20, 1998 Published at 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
G8 leaders call for change in Indonesia
Relatives of the victims of Thursday's fires were searching the remains in Jakarta morgue
The leaders of the world's major industrial nations, meeting in Birmingham, have urged the Indonesian authorities to carry out political as well as economic reforms.
They agreed a declaration deploring the killings and urged the authorities to refrain from the use of lethal force and to respect individual rights.
The eight, under Prime Minister Tony Blair's chairmanship, say it is essential to avoid an escalation of violence and that political as well as economic reform is necessary in Indonesia.
US: serious situation
"We're in a serious situation. We urge the leaders to show max restraint in dealing with street demonstrations," said State Department spokesman James Rubin.
About 500 people are reported to have been killed in riots in the capital Jakarta this week.
The city remains calm but tanks are reported to be guarding embassies and diplomatic compounds, and thousands of soldiers remain on the streets of the capital, some using loudspeakers to encourage people to resume normal life.
Private television stations are said to be under orders not to show any pictures of protests or rallies.
The riots have left a trail of havoc over huge areas of the city. The streets are littered with burnt out shops and cars.
Piles of bodies have been pulled from the charred remains of three shopping centres, looters apparently trapped when others in the crowd set the buildings alight.
Serious disturbances have also taken place in other cities around Indonesia.