Students protest as US envoy meets Suharto

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The Independent Online
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Dozens of riot police were deployed when about 600 college students staged a noisy but peaceful protest against the government yesterday.

The protest was staged as former US vice-president Walter Mondale arrived for talks with President Suharto over Indonesia's economic crisis. Mr Mondale, who is acting as a special envoy of President Clinton, is expected to urge Mr Suharto to stick with sweeping reforms promised under a $43bn (pounds 27m) IMF package. In Washington, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin denied Mr Mondale was sent to Indonesia to ask Mr Suharto to quit.