Police, protesters clash in Jakarta; 4 injured

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — Clashes between police and dozens of protesters in Indonesia’s capital left four people injured Wednesday.

Three police officers and a protester were hurt in Jakarta, where students, workers and activists took to the streets to mark a year since President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was re-elected.

Tear gas was fired on a crowd of protesters in front of a legal aid institute after they refused to disperse and hurled rocks at officers, police said.

“We fired warning shots after the crowd got violent,” said Untung Yoga, National Police vice spokesman. “Water cannons and tear gas were also being used to disperse the protesters in front of the palace.”

Protesters believe the Indonesian government has failed to deal with corruption and human rights abuse and that the economic growth has not trickled down to the general population.

There has been a growing public dissatisfaction over investigations into a bailout of Indonesia’s Century Bank, and critics accused the president and some of his political allies of benefiting from the bailout.

There were demonstrations in other cities and local media reported skirmishes.

In December, thousands of protesters gathered in several cities in Indonesia to push the government to deal with rampant allegations of corruption.

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