Sat, 15 May 2004

Market development protested

PEKANBARU, Riau: A trader and a student continued their hunger strike on Friday in protest against the development of a traditional market in Senapelan, Riau province.

The strikers and their colleagues demonstrated outside the Pekanbaru legislative council, saying the development should not expel low-income traders from the market.

They demanded that local authorities set affordable prices for the kiosks. The administration intends to sell one-story kiosks for Rp 21 million each. --Antara