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25,000 police to be deployed in Jakarta

Agence France Presse - January 14, 1999

Jakarta – Some 25,000 police will be deployed in the Indonesian capital to keep order during the Moslem Eid-el-Fitr holiday next week, a report said Thursday.

"We are deploying 25,000 personnel to safeguard security in the capital area druing Lebaran (Eid-el-Fitr)," Jakarta police chief Major General Nugroho Jayusman said, according to the Media Indonesia daily.

Moslems account for some 90 percent of the 202 million population of Indonesia and Eid-el-Fitr marks the end of the Moslem fasting month. Jayusman said the personnel will mainly be deployed to guard land, air and sea transport terminals and patrol residential areas.

Many Moslems return to their home town for the holiday and the massive annual exodus to rural areas causes a major headache for transport authorities.