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60 questioned over attack on PDI Branch office

Antara - April 15, 1997

Jakarta – Sixty people have been interrogated by police inconnection with the destruction of a building housing the office ofthe South Jakarta sub-chapter of the Indonesian Democracy Party (PDI) here Sunday, police said.

Jakarta police chief Major General Hamami Nata Monday confirmed earlier reports about the incident saying" we are still investigating the case and some people have been interrogated." The Jakarta police spokesman, Lt Col Aritonang, said 60 people have been questioned but "no one has been arrested." Tens of people demonstrated in front of the PDI branch office on Jalan Jagakarsa at around 10.00 a.m. questioning Soeryadi's leadership.

Soeryadi became the party chairman after ousting Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Aritonang said the demonstrators vanished soon after security officers came.

He said noone died or was injured during the incident but the glass windows of the office had been pelted and broken and a party flag destroyed.

The deputy chairman of the South Jakarta party chapter, Paulus Londo, confirmed the destruction saying it had been done by eight people. "They did not wear clear attributes or even PDI attributes so it was not impossible that they were those who were not satisfied withthe result of the congress," he said.