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Jakarta Post

Pro-SBY group accused of attacking rival

  /   Mon, February 15 2010   /  02:12 pm

JAKARTA: Democracy activists have accused a group affiliated with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party of attacking the office of Bendera, a rival group associated with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Ferdi Semaun of Bendera said he believed the attacks had a connection to his group's criticism of Yudhoyono and Democratic Party politicians during a recent street demonstration marking the coalition government's first 100 days in power. The police statement that the attack was a "purely criminal incident" was misleading, he said. "We believe people behind the attacks were closely related to one of the Democratic Party supporter organizations, *namely* the Nusantara Network," he said Sunday, adding that he personally recognized one of the assailants as a member of that organization. Nusantara Network activists dismissed the claims as...