Thu, 30 Jan 2003

Muslim students blockade McDonald's

PEKANBARU, Riau: A number of students from the Riau chapter of the Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) sealed off and closed down a McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday in their protest of what they perceived as the United States' "intervention" in other countries' internal affairs.

Despite a large police presence, the students were able to blockade the building as a way of boycotting U.S. products.

The students also expressed disappointment with President Megawati Soekarnoputri's administration which they said was too slow in responding to the U.S.'s proposal to disarm Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

During the rally, the students distributed thousands of copies of a circular, calling for a total boycott of all U.S. products and companies in Indonesia, such as AOL Time Warner, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Nike, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin' Donuts. It was not clear if any legal action would be taken against the Muslim student group. --Antara