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July 5, 1999

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Agence France Presse - July 5, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesian police arrested 19 separatists and shot and injured one of them Monday after they hoisted their flag in front of a district parliament building in Irian Jaya province, a report said.

The state Antara news agency said police opened fire, wounding one separatist in the neck, when the group resisted efforts to haul down the flag in the district of Sorong.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Indonesian Observer - July 5, 1999

Jakarta – An unidentified group yesterday attacked an office of the Democratic People's Party (PRD), following last week's shooting of PRD activists by security officials.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Kompas - July 5, 1999

Yogyakarta – The office of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) in Yogyakarta, came under attack on Saturday evening (3/7) 23.30, by an unidentified group of people who were armed with machetes. Aside from damaging the office, the attackers also wounded a PRD activist, Endik, on his arm and left hip.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - July 5, 1999

Jakarta – Pro-independence Timorese leaders Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta met Indonesian armed forces chief General Wiranto here Monday to discuss the precarious security situation in East Timor ahead of a vote on self-determination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Indonesian Observer - July 5, 1999

Jakarta – In a bid to cast off their image as ruthless supporters of the authoritarian New Order regime of ex-president Soeharto, police have begun to don new uniforms and are now conducting charity programs to help the poor.

In conjunction with the 53rd anniversary of the National Police, the Jakarta Police is providing medical assistance to impoverished people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Detikcom - July 5, 1999

Sigit Widodo, Jakarta – Dita Indah Sari, chairperson of the Indonesian Centre for Labour Struggle (PPBI) – which is affiliated to the People's Democratic Party (PRD) – was released from the Tangerang Women's Prison on Monday, July 5. Upon being released, Dita went pay a visit to her mother's grave, Nonya Lili Fernandes.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
BBC - July 5, 1999

The Indonesian Government has condemned an attack by pro-Jakarta militias on a United Nations-escorted aid convoy in East Timor, and has promised to investigate the incident.

News ›› Aceh ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Serambi Indonesia - July 5, 1999 (slightly abbreviated)

Sigli – Some 25,000 people have fled their homes in Pidie district up to Sunday, 4 July and sub-district Tangse is almost entirely deserted. Thousands more villagers have fled a number of villages in sub-distrct Bandar Baru because they no longer feel safe in their homes.

July 4, 1999

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
KPP-PRD Press Release - July 4, 1999

This morning, at 3am, the offices of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) in East Jakarta located on Jalan Utan Kayu was stoned by an unknown group of people. The attack was carried out by around 10 who threw rock from the vehicle without getting out then quickly left.

July 3, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Detikcom - July 3, 1999 (slightly abridged)

Bogi Rianto and Sigit Widodo, Jakarta – In the aftermath of the Bloody KPU Incident on July 1 on Saturday, July 3, it was announced that the Jakarta police have issued an arrest warrant for Hendri Kuok, the People's Democratic Party (PRD) representative on the Public Election Commission (KPU).

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
PRD Press Release - July 3, 1999

On Saturday, July 3, at 11.20pm, the People's Democratic Party (PRD) offices in Yogyakarta was raided by unrecognised group armed with knives, sticks and molotov cocktails. The gangsters raided the office while shouting "Allah Akbar" (God is Great!!!). They attacked those PRD cadres living there.

News ›› Aceh ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Waspada - July 3, 1999 (abbreviated)

4,000 people fleeing from villages in the sub-district Tangse, Pidie. who were on their way to the mosque in Beureuneun yesterday Friday, were obstrcuted along the way by troops and forced to halt their exodus, staying instead in a mosque in Tangse.

News ›› Aceh ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - July 3, 1999

Jakarta – Minister of Defense and Security/Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Wiranto says an investigation into rights abuses from the 10-year-long military operation in Aceh is unnecessary, warning it would open the floodgates for similar grievances left over from the New Order regime.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Detikcom - July 3, 1999

Budi Sugiharto, Surabaya – Around 200 Surabaya students from a number of tendencies demonstrated in the center of Surabaya on Friday, July 2. Before the demonstration they held a "long march" from the University of Airlingga (Unair). They moved off after Friday prayers at around 1pm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Jakarta Post - July 3, 1999

Jakarta – Military and police officials are blaming supporters of the Democratic People's Party (PRD) for provoking the bloody clash with police outside the headquarters of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Central Jakarta on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 3, 1999

Semarang – A military court here sentenced on Friday former Bantul regent Army Col. Sri Roso Sudarmo to nine months imprisonment after finding him guilty of bribing a foundation chaired by former president Soeharto in 1996 to ensure his reelection as regent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Kompas - July 3, 1999

Jakarta – Nearly 300 protesters from the People's Democratic Party, known by its Indonesian short as PRD, pressed on Friday with a rally outside the General Election Commission's office following Thursday's bloody clash with riot police that left more than 20 injured, either hit by batons or shot at by rubber or plastic bullets.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 3, 1999

Jakarta – Muslim clerics and students stepped up their opposition on Friday to Megawati Soekarnoputri's presidential candidacy, citing Islamic law and saying she was not capable of leading the country.

July 2, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Asiaweek - July 2, 1999

Jose Manuel Tesoro, Blitar – The answer to what Indonesia would look like under Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle might best be found not in the buzzing capital, Jakarta, but in the modest East Java town of Blitar four hours' drive south of Surabaya.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
International statement of solidarity and condemnation - July 2, 1999

We vigorously condemn the Indonesian military and police for the violent and bloody attack on peaceful, unarmed protesters campaigning for democracy at a rally organised on July 1 in Jakarta, by the People's Democratic Party (PRD). The 2000 demonstrators were protesting against vote rigging by the ruling Golkar party in Indonesia's June 7 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
ASIET - July 2, 1999

In the 50s and 60s, Hasyim Rachman was the publisher and editor of the anti-imperialist daily newspaper, Bintang Timur, one of Indonesia's highest selling newspapers. Bintang Timur was banned by the Suharto regime in 1965. Hasyim Rahman was gaoled for 14 years, including 10 years on Buru Island. He was never charged or put on trial.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
People's Democratic Party Media Release- July 2, 1999 (abridged)

News ›› East Timor ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Associated Press - July 2, 1999

Sydney – Rebel leader Jose Alexandre Gusmao should be released from Indonesian custody and allowed to take part in the ballot on East Timor 's future, United Nations special envoy Jamsheed Marker said Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - July 2, 1999

Medan – Police here defended on Thursday the use of severe measures against alleged looters in Dua Puluh Baru village last week in an incident in which a woman was killed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Detikcom - July 2, 1999

[The following was compiled and translated by ASIET from three reports by Detikcom dated July 2, the day after riot police fired on People's Democratic Party (PRD) demonstrations injuring as many as 76. A number remain in hospital under intensive care and a several others have been arrested by police or have "disappeared" - James Balowski.]

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - July 2, 1999

Manatuto – The UN mission in East Timoris checking allegations of an illegal voter registration drive ahead of an August ballot on autonomy or independence in this Indonesian-ruled territory.

Local government representatives have visited villages here to find out whether residents supported autonomy under Indonesia or independence, a source in this town said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
ASIET - July 2, 1999

Sam King, Jakarta – PRD activists in Jakarta again took to the streets in protest of the previous days military attack, once again calling for the disqualification of Golkar party from the elections for election rigging and demanding the withdrawal of the dual function of the military.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Kompas - July 2, 1999 (abridged)

Jakarta – A People's Democratic Party (PRD) demonstration in front of the National Election Commission (KPU) building [on June 1], demanding the disqualification of Golkar because of a number of violation in the 1999 elections, was violently broken up by police. As well as shooting at demonstrators, the police also kicked and beat them.

July 1, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
ASIET - July 1, 1999

[The following is an eyewitness report by Jill Hickson and Sam King, two ASIET members who are currently in Jakarta and were at the demonstration.]

A rally by the People's Democratic Party (PRD) that mobilised 2000 people in Jakarta was attacked by police and military. The protesters were beaten and shot, injuring more than 100, two are in critical condition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
ASIET - July 1, 1999

[The following is a summary of four reports by Detikcom compiled and translated by ASIET on the shooting of as many as 14 People's Democratic Party (PRD) activists during a demonstration in front of the National Election Committee (KPU) building in central Jakarta on the afternoon of July 1 - James Balowski.]

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - July 1, 1999

Dili – The UN mission in East Timor (UNAMET) has withdrawn seven staff from its unarmed outpost in the town of Viqueque after the second incident of harrassment by pro-Indonesian militia in a week, a UNAMET spokesman said Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
Reuters - July 1, 1999

Tomi Soetjipto, Jakarta – At least three people were wounded on Thursday when Indonesian police fired on protesters demanding that the ruling Golkar party be disqualified from last month's historic parliamentary election, witnesses said.

June 30, 1999

News ›› East Timor ›› Independence & Reconstruction
Reuters - June 30, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesia will not allow Nobel peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta to visit his native East Timor, a government minister said on Wednesday.

Ramos-Horta arrived in Jakarta last week, for the first time since Indonesia invaded his homeland and forced him into exile in 1975.

News ›› Aceh ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Indonesian Observer - June 30, 1999

Jakarta – Deserters from the Army's elite Special Forces (Kopassus) have been accused of involvement in widespread violence in restive Aceh province, where hundreds of people, mostly civilians, have been killed recently.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
AsiaWeek - June 30, 1999

Ben Bohane, Irian Jaya – From the air, the Fly River looks like a vast brown intestinal tract, twisting its way through the tangled jungles of southern New Guinea. In the last century, European explorers navigated the river to see if it led to the heart of the island (it did).

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - June 30, 1999

Dili – Hundreds of pro-independence fighters in East Timor have descended from the hills to sign a truce with the pro-Indonesian militia holding the town of Suai, a witness said Thursday.

About 400 soldiers of the Falintil, the armed wing of the pro-independence Council for East Timorese Resistance, signed the peace agreement brokered by a local priest, she said.

News ›› Aceh ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - June 30, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Wiranto denied on Tuesday the presence of security troops in Aceh was causing residents to flee the volatile province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
AsiaWeek - June 30, 1999

Tantyo Bangun and Jonathan Sprague – The west wind shakes the jermal – a fishing platform perched precariously on log stilts in the shallow seas off north Sumatra. It is some hours after midnight. "Wake up! Your turn to pull the net!" shouts the foreman, shaking Dian and four other boys. They head out into the pre-dawn dark.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Australian Broadcasting Coorporation - June 30, 1999

First to East Timor, where Indonesian police sources have confirmed that at least two serving Indonesian soldiers and three retired military personnel were involved in yesterday's attack on a United Nation's post in the town of Maliana.

News ›› East Timor ›› Independence & Reconstruction
Lusa - June 30, 1999

Jakarta – East Timor peace and reconciliation talks ended Wednesday in the Indonesian capital with no major agreement signed and pro-and anti-independence factions manifesting "profound divisions" despite a willingness to continue dialogue.

June 29, 1999

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Reuters - June 29, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesia said an attack on United Nations offices in East Timor on Tuesday was the result of a brawl between supporters and opponents of Jakarta's rule and denied any deliberate attack on the UN.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Lusa - June 29, 1999

Jakarta – Pro-Jakarta militia leader Eurico Guterres declared Tuesday that a stoning attack against a United Nations post in the East Timor town of Maliana was a "spontaneous" public reaction against an alleged pro-independence bias by the UN Mission in East Timor (UNAMET).

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Reuters - June 29, 1999 (slightly abridged)

Tim Johnston, Dili, East Timor – Militiamen attacked a UN compound set up to prepare an independence ballot in East Timor on Tuesday wounding six people, the United Nations and hospital sources said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Agence France Presse - June 29, 1999

Jakarta – Activists and professionals have stepped up protests against statements that a woman should not lead the world's largest Moslem-populated nation, reports said here Tuesday.

News ›› Aceh ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 29, 1999 (abridged)

Jakarta – Security concerns led the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the government to cancel the elections in the Pidie and North Aceh regencies of Aceh.

KPU chairman Rudini said here on Monday the decision was made after taking into account escalating tension in the regencies and the possible risks if elections went ahead there.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Suharto & New Order Regime
Agence France Presse - June 29, 1999

Jakarta – Indonesian presidential hopeful Megawati Sukarnoputri intends to go after not just ousted leader Suharto but other officials who have abused their positions, a report said Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Reuters - June 29, 1999

Ambon – Thousands of people marched through a city in eastern Indonesia on Tuesday demanding the north of the troubled Moluccas become a separate province, witnesses said.

The student-backed movement brought the town to a halt in Ternate, some 2,400 km northeast of Jakarta. Witnesses put the number at more than 5,000.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Agence France Presse - June 29, 1999

Dili – A 100-strong mob of pro-Indonesian militiamen attacked an unarmed UN outpost in East Timor Tuesday, injuring a woman electoral officer and several East Timorese, a UN official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 29, 1999

Jakarta – Hundreds of activists and professionals are vigorously defending the right of women to become president, branding as violations of human rights and unconstitutional the flurry of recent statements that women are unfit to lead the country.

June 28, 1999

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times/Reuters - June 28, 1999

Jakarta – The leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation said yesterday that he still supported the presidential aspirations of his ally Megawati Sukarnoputri but cautioned that the Islamic community may not accept a woman President.