Students demonstrations in Jakarta against the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on Tuesday (January 15) developed into the worst riots seen in Indonesia since 1966.
Students demonstrations in Jakarta against the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on Tuesday (January 15) developed into the worst riots seen in Indonesia since 1966. There were reports of at least seven students being killed.
A doctor at a Jakarta hospital near the University of Indonesia told newsmen that the bodies of seven students had been brought these. He would not say how they died. Hospitals also said that more than 50 people were injured in the riots.
The police, however, stated that one student had been killed. They would not comment on student claims that the victim was shot dead -- there had been reports of police opening fire as students and youths rushed through the city overturning Japanese-made cars only a short distance from the Presidential Palace, where Mr. Tanaka was having talks with President Suharto.
The demonstrations, aimed against what the students call the Japanese economic exploitation of Indonesia, paralysed central Jakarta for most of the day. Nearly all shops and businesses closed. And a dusk-to-dawn curfew was clamped on the city.
As a result, the authorities cancelled some of Mr. Tanaka's engagements in Jakarta. Nevertheless, when his visit ended today Thursday, (January 17), a joint official statement was issued claiming that his talks had made a significant contribution towards strengthening friendship between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan started the last stage of his trouble-plagued Asian tour when he met Indonesia's President Suharto in Jakarta on Tuesday. A joint statement from the two sides said that the meeting had made a significant contribution towards strengthening the friendship between the two countries. But outside the Palace the situation was far from friendly.
Indonesian students mustered for another big demonstration deploring what they consider to be the Japanese economic exploitation of Indonesia. Japanese-made cars and other vehicles received the brunt of their anger. There had been a smaller demonstration the previous evening. But now strong concentrations of troops and police had been deployed against the students.
This time the confrontation turned violent. there were reports of police opening fire. And they admitted that one student had been killed. A doctor at the city hospital, however, said that the bodies of seven students had been brought there. Hospitals claimed another fifty people were injured - Jakarta's worst rioting since the demonstrations that toppled President Sukarne in 1966.