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Gejayan Memanggil protests against 'oppressive' omnibus law

Tempo - March 9, 2020

Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – Thousands of are set to protest against the passing of Indonesia's omnibus job creation bill (RUU Cipta Kerja) in Gejayan, Yogyakarta on Monday, March 9.

The protesters that consist of college students, labor workers, environment activists, journalists, lecturers, and musicians are joined in the people's movement alliance called for people to join in the "Gejayan Memanggil" or 'Gejayan Calling' movement.

"It is a collective movement against oppression," said the spokesman of the people's movement alliance, Kontra Tirano, on Monday, March 9.

The alliance spokesman claims that the people joining the protest are fully-aware of what is at stake as he claims members have read the draft of the Job Creation Bill and asserts that they are not blindly protesting against the Bill.

Based on the group's study on the omnibus job creation bill, such regulation will be dangerous for the future of labor workers, environmental sustainability, the welfare of female workers, and press intervention.

Organizers of the Gejayan Memanggil against the passing of the omnibus law marks the second time this movement was held in protest against a crucial national issue. As the first Gejayan Memanggil was held in September 2019 which expressed vote of no confidence in members of the House of Representatives (DPR) following a series of troubling revisions on Indonesia's laws.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1317183/gejayan-memanggil-protests-against-oppresive-omnibus-law