Penn State International Law Review

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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.