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Protests to enliven major thoroughfares of Jakarta today

Tempo Interactive - July 16, 2008

Reza M., Jakarta – A number of main thoroughfares in the capital city of Jakarta will be enlivened by protest actions this morning, Wednesday July 16. Based on information from the Metro Jaya regional police Traffic Management Centre (TMC), seven demonstrations will be held today – five of which will take place at offices or agencies located on busy roads.

At around 10am, the State-owned Enterprises Federated Trade Union (FSP-BUMN) will hold an action in front of the Ministry for State Owned-Enterprises on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta.

At around the same time, United Indonesian Solidarity (SIB) will hold a protest at the offices of the Corruption Eradication Commission and the Anti-Corruption Court on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta.

At around 11am, a section of Jl. HR Rasuna Said in front of the Grand Melia Hotel will be enlivened by a demonstration. Also at 11am, a protest action will take place in front of the House of Representatives on Jl. Gatot Subroto in Central Jakarta. The protesters plan to continue the action at the central office of the state-owned oil company Pertamina on Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur in Central Jakarta. There, at around 2pm, they will join up with students from the Red-and-White Student Executive Council (BEM-MP) and the University of Indonesia Student Action Front (FAMI).

Non-protocol roads will also not be spared protest actions. The TMC also reports that at around 9am representatives of victims of the Brantas Lapindo mud disaster from the Besuki village in Kedung Cangkring and Penjarakan, Sidoarjo, East Java, will pay a call on the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) offices on Jl. Latuharhari in Central Jakarta.

Transport workers from the PT Mayasari Bhakti bus company meanwhile will be continuing their strike action and demonstration at the company’s office on Jl. Lapangan Tembak in East Jakarta.

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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