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Jakarta Post

Weekly Gallery: Holiday with caution

Fri, November 6, 2020   /   09:12 am
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    A passenger arranges his luggage on the Kertajaya train, serving the Jakarta–Surabaya route, at Senen Station in Jakarta on Oct. 27. Many people chose to travel during their extended holiday despite the risk of contracting the coronavirus. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    A protester burns a draft of the Job Creation Law in Jakarta on Oct. 27 as a symbol of rejection of the controversial law. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    University students gather on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta on Oct. 28 to voice their objection to the Job Creation Law. One protester holds up a headband that reads #MosiTidakPercaya (motion of no confidence). JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Visitors queue in front of a ride at Dunia Fantasi amusement park while maintaining physical distancing on Oct. 29. Many people took advantage of the collective leave days to visit tourist attractions. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    Workers carefully carry a glass plate at Jakarta’s oldest high-rise building, Sarinah, on Oct. 30. The iconic shopping center is undergoing a major renovation, costing Rp 700 billion (US$47.9 million). The project is expected to be completed on Aug. 17, 2021, coinciding with Sarinah’s 59th anniversary. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Police officers cordon off streets near the French Embassy in Jakarta on Oct. 30 in anticipation of demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron for his comments over Prophet Muhammad cartoons. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

Last week was a long weekend for many Indonesians. Students, public servants and some private company workers enjoyed days off from Wednesday until Sunday.

The government allowed people to travel during the holiday – partly to revive the tourism sector. However, travelers are encouraged to maintain physical distancing to avoid contracting coronavirus.

It later revealed that not all travelers were in good health. COVID-19 tests conducted at several tourist spots – including Borobudur Temple in Central Java and Puncak in Bogor – found that some visitors had contracted the disease.

For some university students and activists, the long weekend was no holiday for them. They hit the street again to protest against the Job Creation Law.