The Indonesian government has raised fuel prices by nearly 30%, prompting fears of widespread unrest.
Several hundred students protested against the move, clashing with police at Jakarta’s national university. More than 100 people were arrested. The government is struggling to meet the cost of fuel subsidies as global oil prices escalate.
But it has put into effect a cash handout scheme worth $1.5bn to try to cushion the effect for the most needy. Malaysia is also considering overhauling its subsidy system, and Taiwan has decided to end a freeze on petrol prices in June.
They don’t have enough rice and now they will lose the oil?
Two senior leaders of Indonesia‘s most notorious militant group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), have received 15-year jail terms for terror-related offenses.
Abu Dujana and Zarkasih were each convicted of harboring terrorists as well as possessing, storing and moving firearms and ammunition. They both told the Jakarta court they would consider launching appeals. JI is accused of carrying out a string of attacks in South East Asia, including the 2002 Bali bombings.
Abu Dujana and Zarkasih were arrested within a week of each other last summer in what was seen as a huge victory for Indonesia’s fight against Islamic militants. Although Zarkasih is a more senior leader in JI, analysts have said that Abu Dujana probably had more influence on rank and file JI members. At the time of the arrests, police described Zarkasih as the “Amir of Jemaah Islamiah” and claimed Abu Dujana had played a role in almost all bomb attacks in the country.
So what? Is anything going to change in Indonesia with those arrests?