Troops maintained a hold on central Jakarta. Elite presidential guard units mounted a tight blockade around the presidential palace, barring other army units and all traffic. Tanks, armoured personnel carriers and troops were drawn up across the main arteries around Mr Suharto's official residence, positioned behind coils of barbed wire. Other troops, backed by tanks, guarded other key intersections throughout the central area. Most roads were quiet and almost all businesses remained closed. Towards the end of the afternoon, people started to venture out as news of the change of president spread. While presidential guard unit commanders said they knew of the change of leadership, many other officers on the streets had not heard of Mr Suharto's resignation, even several hours after it was announced on national television. On Wednesday, Mr Suharto ordered 35,000 soldiers on to the streets to seal off most of the city centre to prevent a planned anti-government demonstration reaching the heart of the capital.