Opponents of President Suharto's one-day visit to Holland on Thursday (September 3) succeeded in holding demonstrations against the visit despite massive security precautions.
Opponents of President Suharto's one-day visit to Holland on Thursday (September 3) succeeded in holding demonstrations against the visit despite massive security precautions. Police said that 43 people were arrested in The Hague, many of them carrying fire arms and Knives.
The massive security precautions included road blocks around The Hague and a Government ban on demonstrations. These were ordered in response to safety guarantee demands from Djakarta which followed Monday's (August 31) armed assault by 32 Amboinese separatist students who seized the Indonesian Embassy.
The Amboinese separatists, who want independence from Indonesia to from a Republic of South Moluccan Islands, killed a policeman and held eight hostages for 12 hours before surrendering.
Early on Thursday morning, Amboinese from various parts of Holland converged in buses on The Hague but they were turned back by Police road-blocks.
President Suharto was greeted at Ypenburg Air Base by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard. The President's visit was originally scheduled to be for four days, but after twice postponing it after anti-Indonesian demonstrations the President decided to make it only a one-day visit.
At the Air Base, tanks stood on guard, helicopters circled overhead and steel-helmeted servicemen with dogs and armed with sten guns kept watch for possible trouble.
The President was greeted by a 21-gun salute and after inspecting a guard of honour, flew by helicopter with his Royal hosts to the well-guarded palace.
As President Suharto was on his way to the palace, mounted police charged and dispersed a group of South Moluccan students who were demonstrating in a main street not far from the palace. The youths unfurled banners reading "20 years patience -- violence at last" and "why no talks between Manusama and Suharto?".
One of the demands by the Amboinese students in Monday's seizure was that President Suharto should meet their "President" Dr. Manusama.