The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 23, 1998
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Afl SATURDAY. MAY 23. 1998 WORLD THE SALINA JOURNAL T INDONESIA Broken up Soldiers end 5-day student Parliament protest By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Yelling "Disperse!" thousands of soldiers from Indonesia's all- powerful army abruptly ended a five-day student takeover of Parliament after dark Friday, rounding up many of those whose protests helped bring down President Suharto. The students have refused to give up their protests, angry .with new President B.J. Habi- bie, a longtime Suharto friend who dumped some of his predecessor's closest allies from the Cabinet on Friday but kept key ministers. Among those remaining after the Cabinet firings was the powerful defense minister, Gen. Wiranto, who rejected calls for an investigation into how Suharto accumulated his enormous wealth. Evicting the students inside Parliament took several hours and was mostly peaceful, although a few soldiers flailed at students with sticks and kicked journalists. Some students jumped the fence to escape and two fainted, but there were no reports of injuries or arrests. While soldiers escorted them to buses, about 2,000 jubilant students sang the national anthem and shouted slogans against their new president. "Reject Habibie," students chanted. They view Habibie as a crony of Suharto, who quit Thursday after 32 years in power, his economically battered nation in turmoil following weeks of riots and student protests. Wearing red berets and camouflage, troops with M-16 rifles strode across the marble floors of a Parliament office building and filed up a staircase, flushing out students. The students' mood at the forced end of their protest was celebratory at times, with some standing on the roofs of buses as they drove out, giving victory signs and waving red-and-white Indonesian flags. Some shook hands with soldiers, exchanged high-fives and even thanked The Associated Press Indonesian soldiers load student protesters onto buses after rounding them up and evicting them from Parliament early today. Troops escorted about 2,000 students off the grounds and into buses to return them to their universities. them. "Have a safe trip," a soldier said to a protester before the buses pulled out, returning the students to a university campus. Despite the goodwill, the raid likely will fuel protests against Habibie, who is trying to shed the legacy of his mentor. "Suharto is gone, but Habibie is just the same and he should step down as well," said Anom, a student. Clearly, the occupation of Parliament had become too much for the military to tolerate. Students had torn up government documents, scrawled graffiti and draped banners. Litter was strewn everywhere. "We had to do this because there was damage to the building, and the members of Parliament couldn't do their job. This was the best way," military police Col. Hendardji said. Soldiers and tanks have been patrolling Jakarta's streets since riots last week that killed more than 500 people. Earlier Friday, rock-throwing and scuffles broke out when thousands of pro-Habibie supporters confronted anti-government protesters at Parliament. Indicating the government may loosen controls on dissent, Justice Minister Muladi said Friday that he favored amnesty for many political prisoners convicted during-Suharto's rule. Even if he is sincere about reform, Habibie is bound by labyrinthine state laws that will turn many reforms into a lengthy undertaking. An entrenched government bureaucracy is likely to resist rapid change. V CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE Families can seek compensation By The Associated Press LONDON — The families of eight children who died from a brain- wasting disease after being treated .with human growth hormones from cadavers can seek compensation from the British government, the High Court ruled Friday. Twelve families already have received damages ranging from $146,700 to $228,200 following a similar 1996 ruling, and the latest claimants also are expected to win compensation, said David Body, one of the lawyers representing the current plaintiffs. Twenty-five people in Britain who received the hormone have died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. While a new strain of CJD has been linked to infected beef from cattle with mad cow disease, the current court case involved CJD in its original form. Between 1959 and 1985, nearly 2,000 children whose growth was stunted because of a hormone deficiency were treated hi Britain with hormone from the pituitary glands of cadavers. The program was stopped after several children who had received similar treatment in the United States died of CJD. V BOLIVIA Earthquakes kill at least 60 More than 100 people missing; hundreds of homes destroyed By The Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia — Two earthquakes struck central Bolivia early Friday, destroying hundreds of adobe homes in remote mountain towns and killing local Indians as they slept. At least 60 people died and more than 100 were missing, Bolivia's civil defense chief said. With roads blocked by landslides, army parachutists dropped into the area, 350 miles east of La Paz, to help with rescue efforts. At least 150 aftershocks sent panicked residents into the streets. Civil defense chief Gen. Luis Montero, who gave the death toll, said 80 percent of the houses in Aiquile — a village of 5,000 people in Carrasco province — were destroyed. The roof of the Aiquile hospital also caved in. Radio reports from Totora indi- cated that the village of several thousand was destroyed. At least 30,000 people, many of them Quechua Indian farmers, live in the area affected by the quake. Some victims were killed as they slept, 10 of them children, Montero said. A 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 12:36 a.m. near Aiquile, the San Calixto Observatory said. A second quake hit the same region 13 minutes later with a magnitude of 6.8, which can cause widespread damage in populated areas. The epicenter was 55 miles below the Earth's surface. In Aiquile, Totora and nearby Pocoma, residents gathered in the main plazas, fearing the aftershocks would bring down more buildings. A landslide blocked the road leading to Aiquile, delaying rescue operations. TODAY 9 am - FREE 12-MONTH FINANCING With Approved Credit (minimum $500 purchase) EVERYTHING INCLUDED In-Stock Merchandise Only Special Orders & Previous Purchases Not Included Minimum Down Payment Required FREE FINANCING ""Salina Journal 1930S. 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