In Indonesia campaigning for general elections, to be held on May 2 is reaching fever pitch throughout the country.
In Indonesia campaigning for general elections, to be held on May 2 is reaching fever pitch throughout the country. On Friday (22 April) police announced from Djakarta that they had arrested six men who were plotting to blow up Indonesia's biggest power station in an attempt to draw attention to their cause.
SYNOPSIS: They were said to be members of the banned Darul Islam Movement, which sought to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia. This rally in Djakarta was held recently by supporters of the ruling GOLKAR alliance -- and although noisy, passed without violence. However there have been accusations from the officials GOLKAR newspaper that members of the Moslem Party -- the PPP -- have damaged property owned by GOLKAR supporters in Central Java.
The PPP also held a rally in Djakarta during the build-up to the elections. The party has made counter accusations that regional government officers have intimidated PPP supporters in some provinces with the aim of helping GOLKAR win the elections. A third party -- the PDI Democratic Party -- is also contesting the elections.
Earlier last week troops foiled an attempt by 2,000 Moslems to attack the Djakarta Hilton Hotel after a PPP campaign rally. The Moslems threatened the attack after three men had been arrested for cutting loudspeaker cables used at the rally.