Throughout the summer and fall of 1996, the world's economic leaders and human rights activists kept a close eye on Indonesian politics. Serious signs of unrest began in April of 1994 when a massive labor protest turned violent as 20,000 workers walked out of factories and began to riot. Indonesian military forces quickly engaged in a sweeping crackdown on striking workers and labor activists. For many, however, the results gained from this massive protest were positive; forced overtime was largely ended and many factories began to pay the minimum wage.
Katharine H. Woodward, Neo-Colonialism, Labor Rights, and the "Growth Triangle" of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore: Who Will Protect the "Hinterland" and Indonesia's Workers?, 15 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 171 (1996).