Indonesia Wary of Protests over Gas Prices

Two Indonesian officials at a news conference on fuel prices.

Indonesian Chief Economic Minister Aburizal Bakrie, left, and Mines and Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro attend a news conference announcing new fuel prices, in Jakarta. Reuters hide caption

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More than 5,000 police are guarding Indonesian government buildings ahead of expected protests over fuel-price hikes. President Yudhoyono will raise prices 87 percent Saturday to help cut crippling energy subsidies. Panic buying has already begun.

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