Anti-Chinese Violence Ebbs in Indonesian Town
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Shops reopened and public transportation resumed today in a central Java town after three days of anti-Chinese violence.
Thousands of rioters damaged shops and cars owned by ethnic Chinese in Pekalongan, 278 miles east of Jakarta, but no injuries were reported, said Lt. Col. Dharma Nasution, the town’s chief of police.
Relations are tense between the country’s 4 million Chinese and other Indonesians, who are envious of their economic dominance.
The riots in Pekalongan began Wednesday after an ethnic Chinese mental patient in Pekalongan tore a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, Nasution said.
``The situation is now under control,″ Nasution said. He said as many as 50 people have been detained for questioning.
Last month, thousands of people in the regency of Purwarkarta in West Java ransacked a store after its ethnic Chinese owner slapped a 14-year-old girl suspected of trying to steal a chocolate bar.