- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

JAKARTA, Indonesia Police fired tear gas to stop about 1,000 Islamic students from storming the grounds of Indonesia's Parliament during a protest yesterday against U.S.-led strikes in Afghanistan, witnesses said.
It was the third consecutive day of anti-U.S. demonstrations in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Witnesses said the protesters tried to break through police lines and push down the legislature's main gate.
Women wearing Islamic head scarves clutched pictures of terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden.
"Allah loves holy warriors," the crowd chanted.
Earlier, several groups staged noisy demonstrations outside the United Nations building and the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy, demanding Indonesia suspend diplomatic relations with Washington. Police beat some outside the embassy, injuring four students.
In at least five other Indonesian cities, protesters burned tires, U.S. flags and effigies of President Bush.
The embassy remained closed yesterday even after Indonesian security forces moved in two additional water cannons. Some U.S. Embassy staff have left the country voluntarily.
About 100 police controlled a small, peaceful protest outside the British Embassy, which is located on Jakarta's main traffic circle.
About 85 percent of Indonesia's 210 million people are Muslim.
So far, the anti-U.S. protests in Indonesia have been relatively small, and analysts say the majority of Indonesians are not hostile toward Americans.
In Pakistan, fed up with chaotic protests, Pakistan's military ruler promised yesterday to deal firmly with anyone who attacked public property or acts against the national interest.
President Pervez Musharraf vowed during a Cabinet meeting to deal "firmly and swiftly" with agitators, the government news agency said. The warning was aimed at leaders of anti-American, anti-government demonstrations that have been staged in major cities.
Yesterday, the Afghan Defense Council, a pro-Taliban alliance of 35 Islamic and militant groups, issued a fresh call for nationwide demonstrations tomorrow the Muslim holy day to protest the air strikes on Afghanistan.
More than 5,000 protesters took to the streets yesterday in Karachi, a city of 14 million. Holding banners and brandishing sticks, they chanted slogans against America and President Bush, promising to recruit 10,000 fighters to take part in a jihad, or holy war, on Afghanistan's behalf.
Police have detained three top Muslim clerics to prevent them from organizing protests, and the government says its backing of the United States enjoys broad support.
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila, some 200 Muslims and left-wing activists denounced the U.S.-led strikes on Afghanistan. Protesters burned an American flag and called for a holy war. Another group released doves.
A top security official said no U.S. ground troops will be allowed to take part in counterterrorist operation in the Philippines.
Instead of ground troops, the United States was to provide intelligence, training and equipment to help fight Islamic militants in the Philippines, National Security Adviser Roilo Golez said.
"We would like to state that there is no possibility that the Americans could be conducting covert and overt military action using their own troops," he said.
Mr. Golez was reacting to a New York Times report quoting unidentified U.S. officials who said terrorists with links to bin Laden in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are among the likely targets of future covert and overt American actions.
The country's most extremist guerrilla group, the Abu Sayyaf, claims it is fighting for an independent Islamic state. Abu Sayyaf is believed to have links to bin Laden.

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