In Indonesia campaigning for general elections, to be held on May 2 is reaching fever pitch throughout the country.
GV: Golkar party supporters at general election rally in Djakarta.
SV: Golkar officials addressing crowd.
GV: crowd shouting and waving.
SV AND GV: officials addressing crowd and crowd jumping in air (3 shots)
SV: PPP party rally being addressed by PPP officials (2 shots)
SV: PPP party official addressing crowd. (2 shots)
SV: PPP party officials shouting to crowd. (4 shots)
SV: PPP party youth members wearing party shirts.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Over 20 university councils in Djakarta have sent a petition to President Suharto demanding that strict measures be taken against anyone intimidating supporters of any political party. But according to observers in Djakarta the most obvious target for political criticism -- corruption at many levels of government -- has been banned as a topic of discussion during the election campaign.
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Background: In Indonesia campaigning for general elections, to be held on May 2 is reaching fever pitch throughout the country. On Friday (22 April) police announced from Djakarta that they had arrested six men who were plotting to blow up Indonesia's biggest power station in an attempt to draw attention to their cause.
SYNOPSIS: They were said to be members of the banned Darul Islam Movement, which sought to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia. This rally in Djakarta was held recently by supporters of the ruling GOLKAR alliance -- and although noisy, passed without violence. However there have been accusations from the officials GOLKAR newspaper that members of the Moslem Party -- the PPP -- have damaged property owned by GOLKAR supporters in Central Java.
The PPP also held a rally in Djakarta during the build-up to the elections. The party has made counter accusations that regional government officers have intimidated PPP supporters in some provinces with the aim of helping GOLKAR win the elections. A third party -- the PDI Democratic Party -- is also contesting the elections.
Earlier last week troops foiled an attempt by 2,000 Moslems to attack the Djakarta Hilton Hotel after a PPP campaign rally. The Moslems threatened the attack after three men had been arrested for cutting loudspeaker cables used at the rally.