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Security at US Embassy in Jakarta Intensified

National Police stepped up security on Thursday at the United States Embassy on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in anticipation of antiwar rallies following the U.S. strike against Iraq. Antara reported that the number of policemen guarding the compound had been increased. Two police trucks, which are usually parked in front of the compound, still remain. Despite the anticipated protests, the embassy is continuing to accept visa applications. U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Ralph Boyce confirmed on Wednesday that the embassy would not evacuate its staff, despite the protests against Washington’s plan to invade Iraq. “I really feel that the U.S. Embassy staff in Indonesia should not go or feel threatened, except if the situation gets out of hand,” he told a media conference. A political party leader said on Wednesday that thousands of people were planning to take to the streets to protest a U.S. invasion of Iraq. Full Story

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