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Jakarta Post

Rowdy workers in E. Java; Batam impasse

  • Fadli and Nurni K. Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Batam/N. Penajam Paser, E. Kalimantan   /   Wed, November 21 2012   /  10:36 am

A demonstration to raise the minimum wage in Surabaya, East Java, turned rowdy on Tuesday, when thousands of workers from Gresik rallied in front of the governor’s office on Jl. Pahlawan.

Some workers grew enraged on Tuesday after learning that East Java Governor Soekarwo declined to meet with their representatives from the Gresik Labor Union.

The representatives left the governor’s office after they were met by Edy Purwinarto, the third assistant of the people’s welfare division.

As news of the perceived slight spread through the crowd, some started to push against the temporary barriers erected to block their access.

As police officers on hand to provide security formed a line, protesters pelted them with glass and plastic water bottles.

Tensions lowered when Edy told the crowd that Soekarwo would meet with their representatives “soon”, ...