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Jakarta Calm After Subsidized Fuel Prices Are Increased

The streets of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta were quiet today after the government raised fuel prices for the first time since 2008, compared with earlier this week when protests erupted across the country.

The price of subsidized gasoline was increased by 44 percent to 6,500 rupiah ($0.65) a liter, while diesel is 22 percent higher at 5,500 rupiah a liter, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said June 21 in a press briefing in Jakarta. The changes are effective today.