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Students in Makassar commemorate May Day with protest at mall

Tempo Interactive - May 1, 2010

Abd Azis, Makassar Ė Scores of students from the United Anti-Global Neoliberalism People's Movement for a Makassar Revolution (Makassar Revolutionary Gate, GRM) commemorated May Day with a demonstration at the Panakkukang Mall in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar on Saturday May 1.

According to Tempo's observations, the student gave speeches under the access bridge to the Panakkukang Mall and Makassar Carrefour supermarket. "This mall is a representation of neoliberalism and the oppression of workers", said an activist from the Muslim Students Association for Reform (HMI-MPO) in a speech.

After representatives from the different groups finished giving speeches, the protesters forced their way into the mall to give speeches inside. The entrance however was closely guarded and a minor scuffle broke out between the demonstrators and mall security personnel and police. The flow of traffic in the vicinity of the mall was disrupted slightly by the action.

[Abridged translation by James Balowski.]


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