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Rival political groups clash, 11 Injured

Associated Press - December 7, 1998 (abridged)

Jakarta – Eleven people were injured when supporters of rival political parties clashed in an Indonesian town, a news report said Monday.

Fighting broke out on Sunday in Brebes, about 250 kilometers east of Jakarta, between followers of the ruling Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party, or PDI, who are loyal to opposition figure Megawati Sukarnoputri.

The newspaper Kompas said PDI supporters in three trucks and on hundreds of motorcycles went through the town and burned Golkar flags. They then assembled outside a sports stadium where about 7,000 Golkar supporters were holding a rally. The two groups clashed at the stadium's gates before police broke up the fighting. The paper said 19 vehicles were damaged.

Also on Sunday Megawati, the eldest daughter of Indonesia's founding President Sukarno, staged a rally in Jakarta where she called on her supporters not resort to violence.