Suharto

A man allegedly shot by authorities lies on the ground in Jakarta as riot police move down a street May 14, 1998. After students seeking economic and political reform launched small demonstrations the previous February, the protests began attracting a larger following. On May 12, the shooting of six students in the capital sparked riots that claimed 500 lives. Nine days later, abandoned by his generals and civilian loyalists, Suharto announced his resignation and handed over power to Vice President B. J. Habibie.

( Achmad Ibrahim / Associated Press )

A man allegedly shot by authorities lies on the ground in Jakarta as riot police move down a street May 14, 1998. After students seeking economic and political reform launched small demonstrations the previous February, the protests began attracting a larger following. On May 12, the shooting of six students in the capital sparked riots that claimed 500 lives. Nine days later, abandoned by his generals and civilian loyalists, Suharto announced his resignation and handed over power to Vice President B. J. Habibie.

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