JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Riot police fired tear gas and attacked stone-throwing protesters who tried to force their way toward the residence of Indonesia's former President Suharto.
The clash came after a series of demonstrations in recent days against Suharto, who has defied repeated attempts by government prosecutors to question him over corruption allegations.
''Hang Suharto!'' the demonstrators shouted as they pushed against a line of riot police blocking access to the street where the ex-president lives. The protesters pelted stones at the officers, who responded with tear gas and a baton charge.
At least two protesters were injured.
Lawyers for the 79-year-old Suharto, who suffered a slight stroke last year, said he is too ill to be interrogated. But government doctors who examined him said he was fit enough to be questioned.
Earlier, hundreds of protesters rallied to protest hikes in electricity and public transport fees, a day after the government backed down on a similar plan to raise fuel costs.
The government's move, announced by President Abdurrahman Wahid, defused plans by student and labor groups to mount massive protests in the capital and other cities.
However, about 500 students and workers did gather peacefully in front of the national parliament building in downtown Jakarta.'
The government, meanwhile, said the cost of electricity and public transport would go up as planned.
The last time the government pushed up gasoline prices by cutting fuel subsidies, Indonesians took to the streets in bloody riots that ousted Suharto.
The attempt to reduce government subsidies is due to pressure from international lenders who want to see Indonesia become a more market-oriented economy.
The International Monetary Fund last week delayed the disbursement of $400 million for Indonesia because the government has not met deadlines laid out in its program with the fund.
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