Farmers protest tobacco bill
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Hundreds of farmers from the Indonesian Tobacco Growers Association (APTI) rallied against a draft regulation on tobacco on Tuesday, further fouling congestion in several areas in Jakarta.
The protesters, who came from various cities in Central Java, rallied in front of the Health Ministry on Jl. H.R Rasuna Said in South Jakarta and in front of the Office of the Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister on Jl. Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta.
The protesters said that if the bill was passed, it would threaten their jobs.
Police officers rerouted traffic to reduce congestion attributed to the protests.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that around 250 police officers were deployed to maintain order at the demonstrations.
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