More than 90 injured in bloody clashes in Indonesia

19:36, April 14, 2010      

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Deadly clashes erupted in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta on Wednesday between hundreds of demonstrators and city's security forces over the demolition of a cemetery.

The clashes turned violent as the two sides attacked each other brutally. Several vehicles of the forces were burned and overturned.

At least 90 people from both sides have sustained injuries, many of them in critical condition, head of crisis center of Health Ministry named only Mujiharo told Xinhua. "Seven of them have had surgery. The number of wounded person seemed to rise as until afternoon the victims from both sides kept coming to the hospital," he said.

Some local televisions reported that two people have been dead, but health authorities could not confirm the report.

Furious demonstrators and security forces attacked each others by throwing stones, sticks and other hard materials. Some demonstrators brought with them big knives and swords.

Jakarta Vice governor Prijanto was quoted by Metro TV television as expressing his concerns on the violence and apologizing to the people.

On Tuesday, anohter clash between the security forces and demonstrators took place in an outskirt city of Jakarta, Tanggerang on land demolition. Scores of people were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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