Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Indonesia unrest over fuel prices

Thousands riot over fuel prices
Thousands of Indonesians protesting at plans to push up fuel prices by more than 30% have clashed with riot police. Rallies were held under tight security in big cities all over the country as parliament debated the need for a rise.
With global oil prices surging, most Indonesians realise there is little choice. But that has not stopped thousands in a nation of 240 million, many of whom live in abject poverty, from taking to the streets every day for the last week. If a price increase is approved, it will go into effect on Sunday. Security was especially tight in Jakarta, where 20,000 soldiers and police were deployed to secure key locations, including the presidential palace.

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