Yudha Baskoro – Hundreds of students defied the rain on Friday as they conducted a peace protest against the recently-adopted job creation law, demanding that the law be abolished.
Claiming to represent the National Association of University Students' Executive Board (BEM), the protesters gathered in front of Arjuna Wiwaha statue in Central Jakarta to voice their demand amid heavy presence of riot police.
The Jakarta Police installed barbed wires and deployed armor vehicles around the scene. Heavy rain didn't stop the rally, as students wore plastic raincoats and put up cardboard tarpaulin to take shelter.
They called on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to have a dialogue with them and uphold democratic values. The rally went without incident and students made friendly gestures to police officers who were seen taking shelter under a pedestrian bridge as they left the scene.