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Jakarta Post

Surakarta stops for Soeharto's entourage

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 29 2008   /  12:25 pm

Hundreds of thousands of Central Java people bid farewell to former president Soeharto on Monday, who they said deserved the highest of tributes from the nation, despite his controversial role in the past. Hours before Soeharto's body arrived Monday at the Adi Sumarmo airport in Surakarta -- also known as Solo -- residents lined the 35-kilometer road the military ambulance used from the airport to the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Mateseh subdistrict, Karanganyar regency. Many said they wanted to pay their last respects and bid farewell to the country's second president and great leader. Many others said they were there for the entertainment value and to find out what the funeral procession looked like. Thousands of elementary and high school students in their uniforms stood up in groups to see the convoys of cars carrying Soeharto's family members, state officials and other ...