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Students burn Golkar T-shirts in front of parliament

Detik.com - February 18, 2004

Anton Aliabbas, Jakarta – Hundreds of students from a number of different organisations demonstrated today in front of the People’s Representative Assembly (DPR). They demanded that the Golkar Party be disbanded and that its general chairperson, Akbar Tanjung be jailed. A bit late maybe?

The hundreds of students arrived at the DPR building on Jalan Gatot Soebroto in Jakarta on Wednesday February 18 at around 2.30pm. They came from a number of groups including the City Forum, the National Front and the Joint Forum.

On arriving at the DPR, the students immediately began shouting anti-Golkar slogans. They also brought a photograph of Tanjung with the writing “Fugitive of the People”. As well as this, the students also burnt yellow T-shirts with the pictures of the Banyan tree [the Golkar Party colours and symbol].

Although there were not many demonstrators, the mass action was closely watched over by security forces. A number of police were also on guard inside and in front of the gates of the DPR building. The action did not result in any disruption to traffic. (djo)

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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