With the President away, Indonesia's civil servants are preparing for anarchy. Officers are stripping off their uniforms and those who drive state cars are shedding official red number plates or taking the bus home, fearing they could become targets of people's anger at the system's corruption and nepotism. 'This week could be a terrible week,' said Tahil, one of several Customs officials discussing developments in a Jakarta noodle shop. 'No one has their minds on work. Some of us are sick with fear; some of us are trying to take leave. 'We feel that things must get worse for us before they get better. 'Big changes are needed before the people will be happy and if they don't come, some will take their anger out on us.' Other workers also warned of intense debate in offices as some planned to join student-led protests against the 32-year rule of President Suharto. Top academics from five leading universities met in Yogyakarta, scene of some of the worst violence, to declare their support for the students' drive for political reform. Fears that violence will spiral were fuelled by reports at the weekend of the death of one policeman and the beating of two others. At least eight people have been killed and hundreds of students and security personnel injured in recent unrest. Police said a manhunt was under way to find five students linked to the killing of Second Lieutenant Dadang Rusmana - head of a police intelligence unit in Bogor, west Java.