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Jakarta Post

Land protests jam Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Mataram   /   Fri, January 13 2012   /  08:42 am

Anarchy rules: Protesters celebrate on a section of fence they tore down from the House of Representatives complex and used to block the nearby toll road in Jakarta on Thursday. Thousands of farmers and students staged protest nationwide, demanding that the government implement land reforms to end widespread conflicts over land ownership.After a series of deadly incidents and demonstrations across the country, which mostly pitted locals against mining and plantation firms backed by the police and military, dozens of protests spun out of control across the country on Thursday, sparking concerns over people taking the law into their own hands.

While a number of religious groups have been free to do as they wished — from blocking streets for mass prayers to raiding bars or clubs anywhere in Indonesia with impunity — Thursday’s protests showed that more people with “legitimate...