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Charges mSt S harto opped
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)
Hours after a court dismissed corrup-
tion charges against former President
Suharto, thousands of students battled
Indonesian police yesterday in a swirl
of tear gas, rocks and gasoline bombs.
At least one person was killed and
dozens injured in battles on Jakarta's
rain-swept streets after five judges
ruled Suharto's health was too frail for
him to face trial on charges of stealing
at least 5583 million from the state.
Mobs, indignant Suharto never set
foot in court, set fire to cars, buses
and an office belonging to the for-
mer leader's old political party,
Police, carrying Plexiglas shields
and wicldingi bamboo staves, charged
several hundred students who pelted
them with stones and at least one gaso-
line bomb, TV footage showed.
At one point, an officer shot a tear
gas launcher into the face of a man
crouching on the side of a road and
covering his head with his hands.
The round burst in yellowish white
The blast pitched the young man
over his side, and 10 other officers
began kicking and beating the prostrat-
One officer tried to smash the man
with another grenade launcher, which
discharged covering the group in a
cloud of gas. Bleeding and semicon-
scious, the man was hospitalized.
Scores of riot police guarded the 79-
year-old Suharto's central Jakarta
home while about 800 protesters and
200 Suharto supporters threw rocks
and bottles at one another. As motor-
cycles burned, demonstrators threw
rocks and gasoline bombs at officers.
Bloody protests by students pushed
Suharto from power in 1998, but with
his trial abandoned. students fear he will
never face a court for abuses during his
more than three decades in power.
"Suharto ruined this country. Now
he is going to get away with it. If we
don't stop him, who will? This is not
democracy." protester Siong Dede said.
The court accepted the findings of a
23-doctor medical team that brain dam-
age from three strokes reduced Suhar-
to's intelligence to that of a third grader.
The court also ignored demands by
prosecutors that Suharto be tried in
absentia, an alternative favored by the
The court freed Suharto from house
arrest and lifted other travel restric-
Suharto's corruption trial had been
regarded as central to efforts by the
year-old government to clean up
endemic graft and make amends for
past human rights abuses.
Attorney General Marzuki Darus-
man said prosecutors would appeal the
ACROSS THE NATION
Third-party candidates spar in deba
ST. PAUL, Minn. - They may be battling for fourth or fifth place in thepr
idential race, but the three candidates showing up for the season's first dob
were focused on winning.
"It's a rare opportunity to showcase to the American people their alternative
said John Hagelin, the Natural Law Party candidate who also is drawing supp
from a divided Reform Party.
Hagelin, Harry Browne of the Libertarian Party and Howard Phillips o
Constitution Party were the only candidates of seven invited who planned
attend last night's two-hour debate hosted by Minnesota's Independence Pa
Gov. Jesse Ventura.
The three men also ran for president in 1996 and debated each other seve
times then. None received more than 1 percent of the vote.
As Phillips said: "We're looking for every opportunity to deliver our message."
Getting out a message - Browne's is based on shrinking government -1st
reason they gave for showing up when bigger names, such as Ralph Nader oft
Green Party and Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party, declined. Republit
George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore also declined.
Television coverage was limited to C-SPAN, but the candidates were e
nonetheless. "Not only are C-SPAN viewers likely voters, they're likely Hage
voters," Hagelin said
Fujimori appeals for that he cede power to a transition
international aid Western diplomats in the regi
speculated that Fujimori also might
WASHINGTON -- Twelve days seeking U.S. help for a deal in whi
after announcing that he would step Panama would grant asylum to
down next year from the office he has renegade spy chief, Vladimiro
held for a decade, Peruvian President tesinos, who fled there last Sunda
Alberto Fujimori turned up in Wash-
ington yesterday on a surprise visit
that left U.S. officials once again Gonzalez s Mian
shaking their heads at his audacious relativesf l
and unpredictable brand of leadership. -
As political instability and rumors MIAMI - Elian Gonzalez's Mia
of military plots continued to roil relatives filed a lawsuit yesterd
Peru, Clinton administration officials against Attorney General Janet Re
suggested that the autocratic Fujimori alleging the armed raid that took t
had traveled to Washington to demon- Cuban boy from their home and reun
strate, both to Peruvians and to the ed him with his father was illegal.
world, that he remained firmly in "The last time I saw anything
charge. that was in films from postwar G
In particular, officials said, Fuji- many when the Nazis were invadi
mori's sudden departure from Peru people's homes without cause, s
appeared to signal his confidence that the family's lawyer, Ron Guralnick.
the country was not under imminent The lawsuit filed in federal cot
threat of a military takeover. They claims Reno and the Immigration a
said he was likely to seek internation- Naturalization Service used false sta
al support for remaining in office until ments to obtain the arrest and sear
after new elections next year, rather warrants used in the pre-dawn A
than yielding to opposition demands 22 raid to seize the 6-year-old bo
AROUND THE WORLD
Danes reject use of tends further weakening of the
but threatens the emergence of a "t
Euro in referendum tier Europe."
The more powerful countri
BERLIN - Voters in Denmark yes- within the 15-member Euro
terday rejected joining the European Union, namely Germany and Fr
common currency, setting up the are now forced to move ahead
already embattled euro for further out the naysayers in their quest
drubbing on international markets and harmonized economic and soc
highlighting the deep rift separating policy.
Danes committed to an integrated
Europe and those fearful of losing petroleum expo IM'
their national identity to a continental
superstate. sun nit concludes
With a phenomenal 87 percent
turnout, reflecting Danes' strong CARACAS, Venezuela -
emotions on the question of surren- Organization of Petroleum ExpQ
dering their sturdy krone, opponents ing Countries wrapped up its sn
overwhelmed supporters by a wider- mit yesterday by challeng
than-expected 53 percent to 47 per- wealthier nations to take sr
cent. responsibility for inflated oil pric
The referendum in Denmark - the while defending its own producti
only country to put the decision in the levels.
hands of the people - was seen as a But lingering animosities amo
test of voter confidence in the strug- some member nations belied these
gling currency that has lost more than tel's efforts to present a united front
a quarter of its value in a mere 21- the world.
The Danish rejection not only por- - Compiledfiom Daily wire e/
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