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June 2, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
SiaR - June 2, 1997

Jakarta – The votes obtained by Golkar skyrocketed leaving the United Development Party (PPP) trailing behind at the end of vote counting. In Jakarta, a region PPP expected to mark a victory, Golkar achieved almost one million votes.

June 1, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Siar - June 1, 1997

Sampang – At least 11 United Development Party (PPP) supporters were wounded when shot by the military during a riot which occurred in the villages of Sampang and Pemekasan, Madura. The masses emotions rose because they were prevented from voting last May 29.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
The Scotsman - June 1, 1997

Rob Stokes – "Made in Britain - used in faraway places to kill dissidents". The government is being challenged to ban UK arms and related sales to Indonesia after the programme World in Action uncovered evidence that BAe, Rover and others are supplying the dictatorship there.

News ›› East Timor ›› International Solidarity
The Daily Hammer - June (posted July 23, 1997)

Three East Timorese refugees took part in further nonviolent resistance to British weapons exports to Indonesia at the beginning of May, painting various half-assembled armoured vehicles with the message, "NOT FOR EXPORT TO INDONESIA."

May 31, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - May 31, 1997

Louise Williams, Jakarta – The Government-backed Golkar Party has won a sweeping victory in Indonesia's national elections, but it was overkill.

The cost has been to virtually destroy the carefully managed political balance which has channelled and diffused opposition during President Soeharto's three decades in power.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Voice of America - May 31, 1997

Jenny Grant, Jakarta – provisional results show that President Suharto's Golkar Party won another landslide victory during Indonesian elections last week. But as Jenny Grant reports from Jakarta, the Muslim Party has come in a strong second because the government damaged the other minority party.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Radio Australia - May 31, 1997

Election analysts in Indonesia are claiming widespread irregularities in the country's general elections.

The Jakarta-based Independent Election Monitoring Committee said it had evidence of ballots by unregistered voters, and some people voting twice.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - May 31, 1997

Jenny Grant, Jakarta – Riots and protests at alleged vote-rigging yesterday greeted the ruling Golkar party's triumph in the legislative election.

The Muslim-backed United Development Party (PPP) demanded a new poll in areas where election counting was done secretly, while a poll watchdog blasted election violations.

News ›› East Timor ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Reuters - May 31, 1997

Jakarta – Indonesia on Saturday replaced its army commander in the heavily militarised province of East Timor, days after the deadliest wave of violence in the territory in recent years, the Antara news agency reported.

May 30, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Wall Street Journal - May 30, 1997

Richard Borsuk, Jakarta – Early results of Indonesia's parliamentary election confirmed what was known long before the tumultuous campaign – President Suharto's Golkar party will win handily.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 30, 1997

Banda Aceh – Troops repulsed suspected Free Aceh Movement separatist rebels approaching a polling station in Pidie regency yesterday, the police said.

Pidie police chief Lt. Col. Teuku Keumala said troops were engaged in a brief shootout with rebels in army-like uniforms at 10:30 a.m. near the polling station.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Reuters - May 30, 1997

Jakarta – An independent election monitoring group said on Monday national polls on Thursday would not be fair because they favoured the ruling Golkar party.

Mulyana Kusumah, secretary-general of the Indonesian Election Monitoring Committee (Kipp), said the election process was neither free nor fair.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Voice of America - May 30, 1997

Jenny Grant, Jakarta – Indonesia's poll watchdog on Friday blasted violations and fraud in the nation's general elections held a day earlier. As Jenny Grant reports from Jakarta the Moslem-backed United Development Party demanded a re-vote in some provinces.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Reuters - May 30, 1997

Jim Della-Giacoma, Jakarta – Indonesia's ruling Golkar party was cruising towards its forecast landslide victory in parliamentary elections on Thursday after about half the votes were counted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
SiaR - May 30, 1997

Jakarta – The Kopassus commander, Major General Prabowo Subianto, was not present a the Gondangdia polling station, Jl Cendana 31 when president Suharto's family voted in the general elections (29/5) yesterday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Digest No. 33 - 30 May

With only about 7% of the vote counted by 10pm last night, this morning's Indonesian newspaper reports are only an indication of the final result. But the detailed regional breakdowns are too tempting to ignore. In short, Golkar is far exceeding its target of 70%, the PPP has nowhere come even near winning a majority, and the PDI is a complete wipeout.

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Reuters - May 30, 1997

Washington – The United States called for changes in Indonesia's political system on Friday, as the Asian country's ruling party swept to an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections.

"The United States believes that parliamentary elections are tightly controlled by the government of Indonesia," State Department spokesman John Dinger said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Lusa News - May 30, 1997

Sintra, Portugal – "Portugal does not recognise any validity in the elections that took place in East Timor on May 29, as a result of the illegal extension to that territory of the legislative elections in Indonesia", the government has said in a statement.

May 29, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - May 29, 1997

Louise Williams, Jakarta – When Indonesia's democracy leader, Ms Megawati Sukarnoputri, announced her decision to boycott today's election, she joined millions of people so disillusioned with Indonesia's political system that they believe the best way to use their vote is to spoil it.

News ›› East Timor ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
East Timor Human Rights Centre - May 29, 1997

The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) holds grave fears for the safety of Julio Gomes, 18, from Luca village in the district of Viqueque, who has been missing since his arrest on 4 April 1997.

News ›› East Timor ›› Occupation & Armed Resistance
Radio Australia - May 29, 1997

Indonesian authorities say at least 15 people have died in East Timor, in a series of attacks by suspected separatist rebels.

Michael Maher reports that the violence occurred ahead of elections held throughout Indonesia today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - May 29, 1997

Leslie Gevirtz, Boston – A Massachusetts state legislative committee Thursday approved a measure that would impose sanctions against companies that do business with Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Australian Financial Review - May 29, 1997

Greg Earl, Jakarta – Mudrick Sangidoe points to his colourful new hat before his third audience in as many hours: "My brother brought this back from Chechnya. I wear it to show we are part of the international Muslim struggle for democracy."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Far Eastern Economic Review - May 29, 1997

Margot Cohen, Jakarta – The partygoers brought their own weapons-rocks, bricks, knives, machetes, even snakes, were brandished in the final weeks of the general election campaign, dubbed the "festival of democracy." Riots and sporadic attacks spiralled in Jakarta and towns throughout Indonesia in the final days of the campaign before the May 29 elections.

News ›› East Timor ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Reuters - May 29, 1997

Jim Della-Giacoma, Jakarta – At least 14 people died in a wave of election-eve violence in East Timor and as million of Indonesians voted on Thursday the toll rose when rebels killed a soldier guarding a polling boooth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Kyodo - May 29, 1997

Christine T. Tjandraningsih, Jakarta – The ruling Golkar party took a commanding lead Thursday in Indonesia's general election that is guaranteed to keep the party in power for another five years, according to preliminary official returns.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - May 29, 1997

Louise Williams, Jakarta – A jittery Indonesian public prepared to vote in national elections today with 25,000 extra troops securing the capital and rumours circulating of further unrest in the wake of the nation's most violent election campaign in President Soeharto's three decades in power.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Ramos Horta Statement - 29 May, 1997

For the sixth time in 27 years, the Suharto regime of Indonesia has stage-managed a mock election aimed at legitimizing itself primarily in international eves. For the people of Indonesia these five yearly rituals have little meaning.

News ›› East Timor ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
East Timor Human Rights Centre - May 29, 1997

The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has received further information in relation to Joao Guterres (also known as Mau-Lana), aged 28, who was reported missing following his arrest on 15 May, 1997, in the district of Baucau.

News ›› East Timor ›› Political Parties & Elections
Voice of America - May 29, 1997

Jenny Grant, Jakarta – Millions of Indonesians went to the polls for general parliamentary elections Thursday. As Jenny Grant reports from Jakarta, balloting was marred by election-eve violence in the disputed territory of East Timor, where at least 13 people were shot dead.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
South China Morning Post - May 29, 1997

Jenny Grant, Idah enjoys the weekend like any other child - playing noisy games with her friends.

But unlike most 14-year-olds, when Monday morning arrives Idah heads to work at a biscuit factory rather than school.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
New York Times - May 29, 1997

Seth Mydans, Jakarta – Something happened on the way to the thoroughly engineered government landslide that is widely expected on Thursday in a parliamentary election here in the world's fourth most populous country.

May 28, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - May 28, 1997

Jakarta – Forty members of the Pijar non-governmental organization demonstrated their intention not to vote in the general election when they handed over their yellow cards yesterday to the National Commission on Human Rights.

Commission members Marzuki Darusman and Asmara Nababan told the youths that no Indonesians should relinquish their rights to vote.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Vancouver Sun - May 28, 1997

Edward Alden, Jakarta - On one side of the lagoon, Arie, his wife and two children live in a tiny shack of scrap wood and rusting corrugated iron, perched on stilts above canals choked with plastic bottles and tin cans. On the other side is what Arie calls "Miami," and to the people of Muara Baru it might as well be across the world, rather than just across the pond.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Anti-Dictatorship Struggle
Reuters - May 28, 1997

Jakarta – Indonesian authorities blocked attempts by two activists on Wednesday to call jailed East Timorese rebel leader Xanana Gusmao as a witness in their trials on charges of subversion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
USIS Foreign Media Reaction Report - 28 May, 1997

The widespread violence that has marked the campaign leading up to tomorrow's parliamentary elections in Indonesia moved editors there and elsewhere in East and South Asia to speculate on the underlying causes of the unrest.

News ›› East Timor ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Reuters - May 28, 1997

Lisbon – The Portuguese government said on Wednesday it was trying to verify a report of shooting incidents in the East Timorese capital of Dili involving Timorese guerrillas and Indonesian soldiers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
UPI - May 28, 1997

Jakarta – Indonesia is considering the purchase of advanced Russian-made Mig jetfighters if the United States continues to block the acquisition of its F-16 aircrafts because of alleged human rights violations. Air force chief Marshall Sutria Tubagus says today it is not certain whether Indonesia will acquire the advanced U.S.-made jetfighters, "because the U.S.

News ›› East Timor ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Reuters - May 28, 1997

Jakarta – Two Indonesian policemen were killed and four injured after rebels attacked their convoy in the troubled territory of East Timor, church and hospital sources said on Wednesday.

Police and military officials could not be reached for comment.

May 27, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Wall Street Journal - May 27, 1997

Richard Borsuk and Puspa Madani, Sleman – In a campaign that often featured unpleasant surprises, some things still went smoothly for Golkar, Indonesia's dominant party.

News ›› East Timor ›› Occupation & Armed Resistance
Deutsche Presse Agentur - May 27, 1997

Jakarta – Separatist (sic) rebels in East Timor killed two Indonesian policemen and wounded seven in an ambush Tuesday, according to an official who declined to be named

He said 18 police in two trucks were ambushed by about ten rebels in Lega district 160 kilometers east of the East Timor capital, Dili. After a skirmish, the rebels fled to nearby mountains.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - May 27, 1997

Derwin Pereira, Jakarta – The leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim body said his 34 million-strong Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) would back President Suharto's eldest daughter to be Vice-President next year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Washington Post - May 27, 1997

Sharon LaFraniere, John Pomfret and Lena H. Sun – April 19, 1993, was a tense day at the White House. After a lengthy standoff, the FBI planned to pump tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex. At stake were the lives of dozens of federal agents and the nearly 80 men, women and children holed up inside. The White House situation room was on full alert.

May 26, 1997

News ›› Indonesia ›› Anti-Dictatorship Struggle
Time Magazine - May 26, 1997

John Colmey, Surabaya – On the day Dita Sari was to be sentenced, the 24-year-old student walked into court with a red ribbon in her hair and handed out 200 rosebuds to each member of the audience. With a big smile she placed garlands of flowers around the necks of her three stern-faced judges.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Time Magazine - May 26, 1997

Michael Shari, Jakarta – Two indonesian election officials were paddling down a river in Borneo's Central Kalimantan province during the 1992 general election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Asiatimes - May 26, 1997

Ong Hock Chuan, Jakarta – Indonesia ended 27 days of electoral campaigning on Friday with yet another surge of violence in several spots throughout Jakarta and other parts of the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Radio Australia - 26 May, 1997

An Indonesian election monitoring group says the government must share responsibility for widespread violence and unrest during the campaign for this week's general election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Time Magazine - May 26, 1997

Michael Shari, Kebumen – Abdurrahman Wahid starts the day with "good morning" instead of "salam alaikum." He wears street clothes and doesn't bother with an Islamic prayer cap unless he's actually praying. He has only one wife instead of the permitted four and asks that she cover her head with a scarf only on rare formal occasions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social & Communal Conflicts
Kompas - 26 May, 1997

Banjarmasin – The number of dead in the Siola Mitra Plaza shopping complex, in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, which burned in the riots which befell that town last Friday (23/5), continues to increase.

The Antara news agency mentions that until 18.00 on Sunday yesterday (25/5), already 131 totally burned corpses have been found on the second floor of the shopping complex.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PRD & Papernas
ASIET - May 26, 1997

[The attendance in court of two defence witnesses (a de charge), namely Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao and Mr Sri Bintang Pamungkas did not eventuate on May 26 as scheduled.