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88 held after fuel protests at DPR

Jakarta Globe - June 18, 2013

Bayu Marhaenjati – Jakarta Police have arrested 88 people after forcibly breaking up a protest against Monday night's fuel-price vote at the House of Representatives building, police said.

"After dispersing the protest in front of the House, we arrested 88 people," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr.Cmr. Rikwanto said. "76 are college students from various universities, as well as nine Cikarang vocational high-school students and three junior-high-school students."

Rikwanto said police had interviewed them and retained their data and fingerprints. "The plan is we will return them to their parents or guardians this afternoon," he said.

Two college students were wounded during the protests. 24-year-old Boma Angkasa Bhuwanda, a student at Pamulang University, and Nur Arifin, also 24, from the Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah.

"They were found on the street," he said. "They were lightly wounded and treated by Jakarta Police's health unit. Boma was wounded on his left forehead, while Arifin was exposed to tear gas. He said that he was looking for the news for his campus media." No police were injured during the protests, Rikwanto said.

Thousands of people including college students demonstrated at the House of Representatives on Monday protesting the subsidized fuel-price increase while lawmakers held a plenary meeting to pass the 2013 Revised Budget.