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DATE=9/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TIMOR - PROTESTS (L) NUMBER=2-253950 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Domestic opposition to the Indonesian government's policy on East Timor, has again spilled into the streets of Jakarta, and much of the anger is now being directed at President B-J Habibie. From Jakarta, Correspondent Kyle King reports. TEXT: The latest expression of anger began outside the U-N building in Jakarta, where several-hundred protesters gathered to denounce the government. // DEMO SOUNDS, FADES UNDER // The protesters this time are the sons and daughters of Indonesian soldiers who died fighting the Portuguese in East Timor. A spokesman for the group said they are furious at the government for its handling of the crisis there. // PROTESTER ACT // What is happening in Indonesia, they just only say that it is the military that is doing wrong over there. Actually this is his (President Habibie's) policy that makes it wrong. Not the military, the military is only doing by (obeying) orders. A soldier is not wrong, its the commander is wrong. // END ACT // The group, the F-K-P-P-I, says President Habibie should resign for mishandling the crisis. Popular anger at the President's policies has come from other political quarters as well. Indonesian students clashed with police Wednesday during a protest against foreign interference in Indonesia's affairs. They also blame President Habibie for the crisis. In recent months the president has been damaged by a banking and corruption scandal and analysts like "Jakarta Post" managing editor Endy Bayuni, say East Timor adds to the damage. // ENDY ACT // But I think the East Timor problem is the one that really kills his political chances to be elected as president in November. Not just for the violence in East Timor, but for allowing the ballot to take place in the first place, and then for losing that ballot. // END ACT // The Indonesian military has also been blamed for helping to create the crisis in East Timor by arming pro-Jakarta militias and in some cases joining in the violence. But analysts say President Habibi seems to be absorbing most of the blame, and prospects of his being elected president in November are increasingly dim. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/RAE 16-Sep-1999 09:44 AM LOC (16-Sep-1999 1344 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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