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Fifteen protest actions to rock Jakarta today

Detik.com - May 15, 2008

Ramadhian Fadillah, Jakarta – Fifteen protest actions will rock Jakarta today, Thursday May 15, all of which have the potential to create traffic congestion.

At the State Palace on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Central Jakarta, alternating demonstrations will be held by the Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta), the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC), the Jakarta Trade Union (SBJ), the Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) and the Solidarity Network for the Families of Victims of Human Rights Violations (JSKKP-HAM). The first protest will start at 10am.

Also at 10am, the Wantimpres (Presidential Advisory Board) office on Jl. Veteran will also be inundated by protesters from the Islamic Militia Command (KLI).

The Corruption Eradication Commission offices on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta will also be the target of a protest by the South Sumatra Student Command (KMSS), the Lampung Student Network (JML) and the Banten Anti-Corruption Student Alliance (AMBA).

At 1pm the offices of the Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan will be rocked by a demonstration by Islamic Student and Youth Movement (GMPI).

Also at 1pm, the Jakarta Teachers Union (SGJ) will be holding protests at the office of the State Minister of Administrative Reforms (Menneg PAN) on Jl. Sudirman and the House and the House of Representatives building on Jl. Gatot Subroto.

Protest actions by various student groups will also be taking place between 9am and 5pm.

“All of these protest actions have the potential to create traffic congestion, motorists passing through these locations should anticipate this,” said First Brigadier Heri from the Metro Jaya regional police Traffic Management Centre when speaking with Detik.com.

The list of demonstrations will also be added to with a strike by public transport drivers that will take place on Jl. Daan Mogot in West Jakarta. (rdf/nrl)

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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