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    Vol.62/No.26           July 6, 1998 
'Independence for East Timor!'  
Demanding self-determination for East Timor, some 200 students rallied June 17 at Justice Ministry in Jakarta, Indonesia. The same day in Dili, East Timor, a march of 3,000, the largest in recent years, protested the killing of 21-year-old Herman Soares by Indonesian soldiers. President B. J. Habibie said June 20 he would grant special status for East Timor and withdraw the Indonesian troops who have occupied it since 1975 if Indonesian sovereignty there was recognized internationally. He rejected students' demand for a referendum on independence.  
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