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Workers to target UN offices during todayís demonstrations

Tempo Interactive - April 7, 2008

Workers from the Greater Jakarta Workers Federation of Struggle (FPBJ) and the Workers Challenge Alliance (ABM) will be holding a demonstration at the representative offices of the United Nations on Jl. Jalan MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta at around 10am today.

A second protest, which will also be joined by the Indonesian Student Union (SMI), will also be held at the French Embassy. Demonstrators will be calling on the embassy and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to intervene in the termination of PT Bridor Indonesiaís operations after it was abandoned by its French owner.

Following on from this at 11am, the Forum for the Upholding of Islamic Law (FPSI) will hold protest actions at three locations. The first will be in front of the Indonesian national police headquarters on Jl. Trunojoyo in South Jakarta.

This will be followed by actions at the Attorney Generalís Office on Jl. Sisingamaharaja, also in South Jakarta, and the House of Representatives building on Jl. Jalan Gatot Subroto in Central Jakarta. The actions will be calling for an investigation into the distribution of a pornographic VCD portraying a person resembling South Sulawesi governor elects Syahrul Yasin Limpo.

In the nearby satellite city of Depok meanwhile, around 3,000 people will hold a street march between 8am and 4pm. The march is part of an election campaign supporting West Java gubernatorial candidates Ahmad Heryawan and Dede Yusuf. The main campaign rally will be at the Tanah Merah Square on Jl. Juanda in Depok.

In addition to the march, activities will also include a public meeting and the distribution of stickers and pamphlets about the West Java regional elections.

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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