Supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid clashed violently
with police last week in the capital Jakarta. This follows renewed
efforts by the national parliament to impeach the head of state.
The dramatic events of May 1998 in Indonesia have had, and will continue
to have, enormous repercussions in Asia and throughout the world. They
constitute a revolution begun. The removal from power of the longest
ruling despot in Asia by a mass movement in itself was a revolutionary
Election day in Indonesia - the first for 40 years in which parties
could freely contend - had the atmosphere of a celebration. Coming one
year after the overthrow of the Suharto dictatorship by a mass movement,
it is clear that the hard-pressed masses took the opportunity to give
the old ruling party, Golkar, an...