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Oz flags burningProtests about Australia’s spying on Indonesia moved from the palace to the streets on November 21 with the hardline “Red and White Brigade” rallying outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta and Australian flags being burnt in the capital and the student city Yogyakarta, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Outside the Australian embassy, several hundred protesters gathered in paramilitary uniform, carrying signs including ‘‘Mr Abbott is stupid’’, ‘‘Abbott you hurt my heart’’ and ‘‘Boycott Australian products’’. They protesters called on Indonesia to increase its military budget so it can have better security against phone-tapping.

“We are the people of Indonesia, we have the right to defend our country. The government of Australia should immediately apologise to the people of Indonesia.

The diplomatic row has been widely reported in the Indonesian media.

”If it’s not done, then don’t blame us if we attack the embassy,” a protest leader from the organisation the Red and White brigade said.

The Indonesian government’s response is front page news, and tweets in which Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor appeared to compare Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa to a porn star made the front page of at least one online newspaper, Kompas. Hacker group Anonymous Indonesia claimed credit for denial of service attacks that briefly shut down the Australian Federal Police site and also afflicted the Reserve Bank. Another front page on the row with Australian over spying allegations.

Talkback TV and radio in Indonesia have also been ablaze with the story, with a number of callers expressing disgust at Australia “meddling” in Indonesian affairs. There have been calls for Australians to be denied visas on arrival when they arrive at Indonesian airports, including Bali.

However, other callers were more critical of the Indonesian government for allowing the phones of the president and his first lady to be tapped than for Australians for tapping it.

“Indonesia is so corrupt that the government officials enrich themselves and don’t care about improving their security system,” said one caller to news radio station Alshinta overnight.

Another said Indonesia should thank Australia for exposing its weakness. Australia updated its travel warning last night under the “civil unrest and political tension” heading, drawing attention to the protest in Jakarta on Thursday.

“Local police advise that a demonstration is planned for outside the Australian Embassy on 21 November 2013. Australians should monitor local media, avoid protests, maintain high levels of vigilance and security awareness,” the new advice says.

The overall level of the travel advice remains steady at “Exercise a high degree of caution”.

The protest has been organised by a coalition of groups including the Red and White Brigade, the militaristic FKPPI, which includes the children of defence force and police personnel, the Institute of Indonesian People’s Aspiration and the pro-army Polri Youth. They are demanding an official apology from the Australian government for harrassing the “dignity of the unity state of the Republic of Indonesia”.

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Protests about Australia’s spying on Indonesia moved from the palace to the streets on November 21 with the hardline “Red and White Brigade” rallying outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta and Australian flags being burnt in the capital and the student city Yogyakarta, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Oz flags burningProtests about Australia’s spying on Indonesia moved from the palace to the streets on November 21 with the hardline “Red and White Brigade” rallying outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta and Australian flags being burnt in the capital and the student city Yogyakarta, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Outside the Australian embassy, several hundred protesters gathered in paramilitary uniform, carrying signs including ‘‘Mr Abbott is stupid’’, ‘‘Abbott you hurt my heart’’ and ‘‘Boycott Australian products’’. They protesters called on Indonesia to increase its military budget so it can have better security against phone-tapping.

“We are the people of Indonesia, we have the right to defend our country. The government of Australia should immediately apologise to the people of Indonesia.

The diplomatic row has been widely reported in the Indonesian media.

”If it’s not done, then don’t blame us if we attack the embassy,” a protest leader from the organisation the Red and White brigade said.

The Indonesian government’s response is front page news, and tweets in which Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor appeared to compare Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa to a porn star made the front page of at least one online newspaper, Kompas. Hacker group Anonymous Indonesia claimed credit for denial of service attacks that briefly shut down the Australian Federal Police site and also afflicted the Reserve Bank. Another front page on the row with Australian over spying allegations.

Talkback TV and radio in Indonesia have also been ablaze with the story, with a number of callers expressing disgust at Australia “meddling” in Indonesian affairs. There have been calls for Australians to be denied visas on arrival when they arrive at Indonesian airports, including Bali.

However, other callers were more critical of the Indonesian government for allowing the phones of the president and his first lady to be tapped than for Australians for tapping it.

“Indonesia is so corrupt that the government officials enrich themselves and don’t care about improving their security system,” said one caller to news radio station Alshinta overnight.

Another said Indonesia should thank Australia for exposing its weakness. Australia updated its travel warning last night under the “civil unrest and political tension” heading, drawing attention to the protest in Jakarta on Thursday.

“Local police advise that a demonstration is planned for outside the Australian Embassy on 21 November 2013. Australians should monitor local media, avoid protests, maintain high levels of vigilance and security awareness,” the new advice says.

The overall level of the travel advice remains steady at “Exercise a high degree of caution”.

The protest has been organised by a coalition of groups including the Red and White Brigade, the militaristic FKPPI, which includes the children of defence force and police personnel, the Institute of Indonesian People’s Aspiration and the pro-army Polri Youth. They are demanding an official apology from the Australian government for harrassing the “dignity of the unity state of the Republic of Indonesia”.

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