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The go vernment's public threats to use deadly force against protesters are meant toepetition of last weekend's riots, but the policy heightens the risk thateaceful rally will lead to violence.
The military has deployed large numbers of armed soldiers in Jakarta, I
A senior military officer yesterday publicly refused to confirm or deny press reports that troops had been ordered lo shoot protesters on sight j
Megawati Sukarnoputri plans to pursue her court challenge over her removal in June as chairman of the Indonesia Democracy Partyhe is publicly urging calm among her supporters, but
jthc court challenge may prompt public rallies.
of her supporters are distributing
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Authorities arc blaming much of the recent violence on the People's Democratic Partyhich President Socharto has publicly equated wiih the banned Indonesian Communist Party; little is known about ihe PRD.
thereidening government dragnet aimed at political activists allegedly associated wilh the PRD or therominent independent labor leader was arrested on Tuesday, and leaders of several public interest organi?jttions also may be detained