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Jakarta Post

SBY stays calm at office as workers stage rallies

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 2 2012   /  08:51 am

For the first time in five years, President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono neither visited nor greeted workers at their workplaces as part of this year’s International Workers’ Day on Tuesday.

On May Day, the President arrived at his office in the morning and spent the entire day there.

This was unusual, as Yudhoyono normally left town while thousands of workers rallied in front of his office.

Starting from about 9 a.m., hundreds of workers staged rallies in front of the State Palace, among other key places in the capital.

Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said the protests did not disturb Yudhoyono’s activities and instead allowed for some pleasant feelings for the President.

“The President appreciated the protesters who staged protests in very large numbers in many cities, and the demonstrations ran well,” Julian told reporters at the P...