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Indonesian Students Protest

March 26, 1998

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Hundreds of students staged anti-government protests today, keeping up the pressure on President Suharto in the nation’s economic crisis.

Hundreds of students gathered for a second day of protests at the Islamic Teaching Institute in Medan, about 875 miles northwest of the capital. About 400 students from the state-run University of Indonesia held a peaceful rally at their campus in southern Jakarta, while about 200 others gathered at Trisakti University, a private college in west Jakarta.

There were no reports of violence or injuries at any of today’s protests.

The students have been demonstrating for more than a month to demand major economic and political reforms in the face of Indonesia’s worst economic crisis in three decades. They also demand an end to President Suharto’s 32 years in power.

``The key to reform is Suharto’s stepping down,″ said a poster unfurled today at the University of Indonesia.

About 1,000 students clashed Wednesday with hundreds of police and troops at March 11 University in Solo, 250 miles east of Jakarta. At least 39 students and 10 security personnel were injured, making it the most violent protest yet.

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