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Jakarta Post

BIN suspects protests engineered

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 26 2008   /  10:35 am

Violent student protests outside the House of Representatives on Tuesday were masterminded by someone identified only as "FY", the head of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) said Wednesday. Syamsir Siregar said FY had told him a month earlier that there would be street rallies and riots in front of the House and Atma Jaya University in Central Jakarta, Antara news agency reported. "FY has fled the country and not yet been arrested," he said after a meeting at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs. Syamsir said he suspected FY, who was not a politician, engineered the rioting, which brought traffic to a standstill in parts of the city. At least 1,000 protesters clashed with police when officers tried to arrest more violent protesters who threw stones and tried to break down the House's gates,...