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This Week in Asiaweek

Cover Story
Reflections on the year
Newsmakers

The Year in Review
IMAGES '98
The year in pictures

Headliners
Catching the eye
Deaths
A final bow
Personalities
Making their mark
Comments
Quotes from our pages
Trends
What's hot
Innovations
Objects of desire
Movies
Asia's Screen test
Highs of the Year
Moments to savor
Lows of the Year
Things to forget
Books
What we're reading
Sign-off
Optimism for the future


Indonesian students started the movement that came to be known as reformasi. But their political innocence came to a bloody end when troops sho t four students at a Jakarta university. The killings sparked riots, violence against ethnic Chinese and looting. In May students celebrated the end of the Suharto era, above. After that, reformasi became an excuse to do just about anything. A rash of mu rders rocked East Java as scores were settled and debts paid. Cynics saw a hidden hand behind the violence. The students, meanwhile, tried in November to march on Parliament as the nation's leaders dithered over political reform. Again soldiers opened fir e on protesters - and 16 more martyrs were added to the reformasi cause.

Photograph by Mike Wilbur

IMAGES '98:
REFORMASI

Shock
Reformasi Redux
Disaster
Outbreak
Crime
Performance
Games
Celebration
Moments

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