• Short Summary

    INDONESIAN TROOPS, SOME ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, WERE CALLED OUT LAST FRIDAY (16 JANUARY) TO PROTECT STATE-OWNED OIL COMPANY OFFICES IN DJAKARTA, WHERE ANGRY STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING AGAINST A GOVERNMENT INCREASE IN PETROL AND KEROSENE PRICES.

  • Description

    INDONESIAN TROOPS, SOME ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, WERE CALLED OUT LAST FRIDAY (16 JANUARY) TO PROTECT STATE-OWNED OIL COMPANY OFFICES IN DJAKARTA, WHERE ANGRY STUDENTS WERE PROTESTING AGAINST A GOVERNMENT INCREASE IN PETROL AND KEROSENE PRICES. OTHER STUDENTS MARCHED PAST THE MINING MINISTRY BUILDING.

    ABOUT 5,000 STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THE SEPARATE MARCHES. ONE OF THE MAIN GROUPS WAS FROM THE STUDENT ORGANISATION KAPI WHOSE LEADER JULIUS USMAN, SPOKE TO THE DEMONSTRATORS AS THEY MARCHED PAST THE PERTAMINA OIL COMPANY BUILDING.

    TROOPS WITH AUTOMATIC RIFLES WERE POSTED INSIDE THE OIL COMPANY'S CLOSED GATES.

    AN ESTIMATED 50 DJAKARTA GARRISON TROOPS WERE MOVED TO THE MINING MINISTRY WHEN STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY APPROACHED.

    MINING MINISTER PROFESSOR SUMANTRI BRODJONEGORO CAME OUT TO SPEAK TO THE DEMONSTRATORS, BUT ANGRY STUDENTS SHOUTED THAT IT WAS WRONG FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RAISE THE PRICES OF COMMODITIES AFFECTING THE POOR DIRECTLY. THE PRICE OF KEROSENE, USED MAINLY BY THE POORER SECTIONS OF THE DJAKARTA POPULATION WHO DO NOT HAVE ELECTRICITY, HAS BEEN DOUBLED, WHILE PETROL PRICES HAVE BEEN INCREASED BY 50 PER CENT.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS THE SECOND IN TWO DAYS AND STUDENTS PLASTERED CARS WITH SLOGANS DEMANDING ELIMINATION OF THE PRICE INCREASES.

    ON MONDAY (19 JANUARY), STUDENTS DEMONSTRATED AGAINST THE INCREASED PRICES FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN FIVE DAYS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQN3SARNMFF5X535LN8RB3Q23
    Media URN:
    VLVAQN3SARNMFF5X535LN8RB3Q23
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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