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Jakarta Post

Weekly Gallery: Wishing for a happy ending

Mon, November 30, 2020   /   01:14 pm
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    A Jakarta State University (UNJ) rector interacts virtually with a graduate during a graduation ceremony in Jakarta on Nov. 21. The ceremony celebrated 2,946 graduates and used technology to replace physical attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    People walk across a new pedestrian bridge in Senen, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 22. The footbridge, which also provides access to a Transjakarta bus shelter, is still under trial and will soon be open to the public. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    A police water cannon sprays disinfectant in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Nov. 23. The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has surpassed 500,000. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Children play in the Ria Rio reservoir in East Jakarta on Nov. 24. The Jakarta Water Resources Agency hopes to dredge five reservoirs and 13 rivers by December to mitigate flooding in the capital. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    An activist arrange pairs of women’s shoes at the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta on Nov. 25. The Shoes in Silence campaign, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, urged lawmakers to pass the sexual violence eradication bill. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Workers from the Depok General Elections Commission (KPU) stack ballot boxes at a warehouse in Cimanggis district, Depok, West Java, on Nov. 25. The Depok KPU has started distributing supplies throughout the city in preparation for the 2020 regional elections on Dec 9. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Environmentalists march in the Asia Climate Rally towards the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Central Jakarta on Nov. 27. They demanded that the government and businesses stop funding the expansion of fossil fuel exploitation to help limit climate change. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

Indonesia has surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. It has also seen more than 4,000 new cases every day of this week, raising questions about when Indonesia will be able to contain the outbreak.

Despite the grim developments, election officials have decided to continue preparations for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections, with voting day slated for Dec. 9. This year, 270 regions and cities in the archipelago will hold elections. Some 100 million registered voters, roughly 40 percent of the country’s 260 million people, will elect nine governors, 37 mayors and 224 regents.

Campaigns against sexual violence continued as the world commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25.

Environmentalists also called on the government to stop exploiting and using fossil fuel to mitigate the looming climate crisis.

As the year comes to an end, Jakarta is seeking to prevent extensive flooding as rains have drenched the capital throughout the week. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat