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In pictures: Indonesia's independence day

Indonesian youths attempt to knock each other down into the water during a pillow fight game at a city canal in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005.

Indonesians have been celebrating 60 years of independence from Dutch colonial rule. Some held formal ceremonies, but for others it was a day of fun and games.

An Indonesian man grimaces during a traditional games festival to celebrate Indonesia's independence day in Jakarta, 17 August 2005.

Here contestants are taking part in coconut tree racing, to reach prizes at the top.

Escorted by honour guards, flag bearer Dona Olianda Vitri, centre, of Aceh province carries an Indonesian National Red-White flag to be hoisted during celebrations, Aug. 17, 2005.

Among those taking part in official celebrations were representatives of Aceh province, where rebels have just struck a peace deal with Jakarta.

Two orang-utans attend a ceremony of Indonesia's independence at Taman Safari Prigen wildlife sanctuary in Pasuruan, 17 August 2005.

More unusual independence day participants were two orang-utans at a wildlife sanctuary in east Java. This chimp looks like it will wave its flag...

Two orang-utans attend a ceremony of Indonesia's independence at Taman Safari Prigen wildlife sanctuary in Pasuruan, 17 August 2005.

... but instead decides to fashion it into a hat.

Netherlands' Foreign Minister Bernard Bot is mobbed by reporters, Aug. 17, 2005.

For the first time, a member of the Dutch government attended the ceremonies - Foreign Minister Ben Bot. More than 150,000 Indonesians and 6,000 Dutch nationals died in conflict between the two sides before independence.




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