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At least seven protest actions to enliven Jakarta today

Tempo Interactive - December 17, 2007

Sofian, Jakarta Ė Seven different protest actions will be held by a variety of social organisations in Jakarta today. Based on information from the Metro Jaya regional police Traffic Management Centre (TMC), two of the demonstration will be held at the city hall and three at the Supreme Court.

First, the East Jakarta Badung Wetlands Social Forum (FMRBJT) will be holding a protest action at around 10am local time. The group plans to convey its concerns over local peopleís land that is being claimed as an asset by the regional government at Indah Kapuk Beach. An estimated 500-1000 people are expected to attend.

The second action is being organised by the United Student Action for Reform and Democracy (KAMRAD). They will be holding a demonstration at 12noon to demand that the construction of new Busway corridors be delayed until the regional government fixes existing corridors first. The demonstration is expected to attract around 100 people.

The South Sulawesi Regional Elections Saviours Alliance (APPSS) will be holding a demonstration at the Supreme Court. They will be demanding that the court review a decision by the South Sulawesi Regional General Elections Commission. Around 100 people will take part in the protest action that will start at around 10am.

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) will also be holding a protest at the Supreme Court. Along with the Newmont Peopleís Challenge Alliance (ARGN) they will be voicing their concerns over the importance of upholding and respecting the law. The action will be continued later at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout.

Next, residents from South Maruya in West Jakarta will be demonstrating at the Supreme Court in relation a dispute involving land owned by local residents.

A demonstration will also be held at the Attorney Generalís Office. This time the action is being organised by the South Sulawesi Student Youth Alliance (APMSS) with demands supporting the legal proceedings related to the South Sulawesi regional elections at the Supreme Court.

At the same time, the Indonesian Social Movement for Political Legal and Human Rights Education (Gempita) will be holding a demonstration in front of the State-owned Electricity Company (PT PLN) offices. They will be demanding that the director of PLN be investigated for suspected corruption.

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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