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Wide-scale protests in Indonesia against fuel price increase.

| KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (KUNA) -- The Indonesian government deployed 22,000 security forces in anticipation of wide-scale protests in light of rising fuel prices by 33 percent, reports showed here.

The Indonesian government has decided to increase prices of diesel and gasoline to 6,000 Rupiahs (or USD 65 cents) per liter, from 4,500 Rupiahs (USD 50 cents) per liter, as of April 1.

Tens of thousands of Indonesian citizens demonstrated in different cities to protest the fuel price increase.

Indonesian police said around 40,000 people took part in the protests.

The Indonesian government decided to raise the prices of the subsidized fuel in the wake of sky-rocketing crude oil prices.

The decision by the Jakarta government was backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), however warning against affecting inflation. (end) KUNA 272121 Mar 12NNNN

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Date:Mar 27, 2012
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