Indonesian police have used tear gas and water canon to disperse about 2,000 anti-government protesters who tried to enter the parliament building in the capital, Jakarta. The scuffles broke out on March 2 as members of parliament began a debate over the possible impeachment of the country’s vice-president and finance minister. The session had been called to hear the results of a parliamentary probe into the USD700 million government bailout of the privately-owned Bank Century in 2008. But as police clashed with protesters outside, it became clear that the inquiry had failed to reach a conclusion. The government led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono has defended the bailout of Bank Century, saying it was needed to prevent wider damage to the economy. But the opposition has said the bailout drained money from state coffers that could have been used to boost infrastructure, while some funds were diverted to Yudhyono’s political party. (Al Jazeera)

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