Jakarta – The Makassar Police have arrested 20 people who staged a protest in front of the South Sulawesi Legislative Council building in Makassar to mark 2020 National Farmer's Day on Thursday.
Makassar Police chief Sr. Comr. Yudhiawan Wibisono said the protesters were arrested for allegedly attacking police officers during the rally.
"Three officers were injured when they dispersed the rally. The 20 protestors we arrested were allegedly involved in the attack," Yudhiawan said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.
He said the protestors were currently being detained at Makassar Police Station. According to the police investigation, the rally did not have a permit.
"We don't know where they are from, but they're clearly protestors," Yudhiawan said.
A group of protestors from the National Committee of Agrarian Reform (KNPA), an alliance of dozens of civil society groups, also staged a rally in in front of the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta to mark this year's National Farmer's Day.
The protestors demanded that the government realize President "Jokowi" Widodo's agrarian reform program and protested against the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.
Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) secretary-general Dewi Kartika, who organized the rally, said members also staged similar protests in 60 locations across the country. (nal)