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ABSDF CONDEMNS KILLING OF INDONESIA (r)
13 May 1998
ABSDF CONDEMNS KILLING OF INDONESIAN STUDENTS
The All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF) condemns the
killing yesterday of six Indonesian students in Jakarta who were
demonstrating peacefully against the Indonesian government.
The six students were killed after Indonesian police opened fire
on some 5,000 demonstrators at Trisakti University in central
Jakarta. Many more people were reported injured, some with
The ABSDF condemns the killings and the action of the
authorities, and fully supports the right of the students and
other citizens to stage peaceful protests.
The ABSDF also calls on the Indonesian government to allow
peaceful demonstrations to take place; and to prevent any further
violations carried out by the police and security forces. The
organisation also calls on ASEAN member states to raise these
concerns with the Indonesian government.
The All Burma Students' Democratic Front was formed following the
August 1988 uprising in Burma in which thousands of people were
killed by the army in response to nationwide anti-government
demonstrations. Tens of thousands of people joined in the
student-led demonstrations in which people called for democracy
and human rights in Burma.
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