15 Apr 2010

Clashes over cemetery site in Jakarta

6:06 am on 15 April 2010

Bloody clashes have broken out in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, between demonstrators and security forces over the demolition of a cemetery.

Security forces used teargas and pepper bullets against demonstrators armed with machetes and sticks around the cemetery, in the Koja area of northern Jakarta.

A city official says 29 members of the security forces were injured, nine of them seriously.

He says demonstrators thought the entire cemetery, the resting place of a revered Muslim cleric, was to be demolished, but only the old buildings and a gate are going.