Indonesia's mass rally on anti-graft under tight security

14:00, December 09, 2009      

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Over 10,000 policemen were dispatched nationwide on Wednesday to secure the rally of the world's anti-corruption day, National Police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said in Jakarta.

The mass rally takes places amid a worry by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that the mass gathering could be used to dismay the government credibility.

In Jakarta, the police deployed over 10,000 personnel and they were backed up by thousands of soldiers, the spokesman said.

"We deploy 10,000 of our personnel in some spots in Jakarta," Sulistyo told Xinhua.

At the State Palace, which is the main target of the protest, hundreds of police were on guard with scores of water canons. The water canons were also put at the down town area.

The spokesman said that at the provincial level, the number of the policemen to be dispatched would be adjusted with the scale of the protest.

A speculation that President Yudhoyono's party used injection funds worth 6.7 trillion rupiah (some 710 million U.S. dollars) during the bail out of Bank Century for his presidential campaign, has inspired protesters to take to the streets.

Yudhoyono was re-elected as president in the July 8 poll for his second term.

Yudhoyono rejected the rumor and reaffirmed his support on Tuesday night on fight against corruption.

He also supported the investigation on the bailout by the parliament.

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