Huge protests welcome Bush to Indonesia

BOGOR, Indonesia (20 November 2006) - MORE THAN 30,000 demonstrators traveled in long car and bus caravans from Jakarta to join locals protesting Monday the presence of US President George W. Bush in Indonesia.

The protestors blame Bush for the death of some 650,000 Iraqis, the invasion of Afghanistan and the genocide practiced by Israel in the Middle East. Their banners and placards read: "Bush: Wanted Dead or Alive."


Bush arrived in Bogor on the island of Java to meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after attending the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In a joint press conference the Indonesian president advised Bush to come up with an "appropriate calendar" for withdrawing the US troops from Iraq, but Bush did not reply, reported the German news agency DPA.

According to Reuters, Bush refused to make any commitment about a possible change in the number of US troops deployed in Iraq. "I haven't made any decision on an increase or decrease in the number of troops, nor will I do it until I have spoken to a series of sources including the military commanders in the field," he stated.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering three options to resolve the predicament of its forces bogged down in Iraq: Increase the troop level, reduce the number of soldiers but for a prolonged stay, or the total withdrawal of the troops.

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