February 10, 1998 in Nation/World

Indonesia Imposes Curfew To Stem Riots

Compiled From Wire Services

A dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed Monday in an eastern Indonesian town after rioters, angry over rising prices, attacked stores and homes owned by ethnic Chinese.

It was the second day of rioting in Ende and came as Indonesia battles its worst economic crisis in three decades. Inflation and unemployment have risen dramatically, and austerity measures enacted under a $40 billion bailout by the International Monetary Fund have added to the discontent.

Although ethnic Chinese make up only about 4 percent of Indonesia’s 202 million people, they dominate commerce and are often targeted when prices rise.

On Sunday, a mob of about 1,000 rioters burned 21 Chinese stores in Ende, 1000 miles east of Jakarta.

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