East Jakarta residents rally against eviction at City Hall
The Jakarta Post
Residents of Jl. Cakung Cilincing, East Jakarta, held a rally in front of City Hall in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, claiming they were being evicted from their homes to make way for a water pipe project.
"The residents of Cacing [Cakung Cilincing] refuse to be evicted and [move to] low-cost apartments,” said Ahmad, leader of the protest and head of the United Madura Alliance, as quoted by kompas.com.
“We hope our demands will be fulfilled, like the governor promised.”
The residents claimed they supported Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and former deputy governor Sandiaga Uno in the gubernatorial election in 2016.
During the campaign period, Anies and Sandiaga criticized the eviction policy of incumbent governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and promised not to tear down illegal settlements and force people out of their homes in favor of city-run projects.
Now, Cakung Cilincing residents are demanding that Anies fulfill his campaign promises, Ahmad said.
"It wasn’t easy to make you win, Pak Governor; it was all sweat and tears, day and night on empty stomachs. We prayed and fought for your victory, and alhamdulillah [thank God], you won. We’re now demanding our rights – the promise you had given us,” Ahmad said.
Ahmad said that on Friday, the residents received a third warning letter to vacate their land within three working days.
East Jakarta Mayor M. Anwar has yet to confirm the status of the land and the eviction plan. (stu)
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