Security forces beat and detained more pro-democracy protesters Sunday, the second day of a crackdown that has sparked Indonesia’s worst civil unrest in three decades.
Soldiers armed with M-16 rifles patrolled the streets, trying in vain to chase away about 2,000 protesters. Police clubbed and kicked about 250 people who taunted them and threw stones at them. One officer shouted “Kill them!” as police chased protesters down the street.
The unrest started Saturday, when as many as 10,000 people rampaged through the streets and attacked state-owned buildings after police raided the headquarters of the the country’s main opposition party, led by the popular Megawati Sukarnoputri.