The Jakarta Post
Showdown: Police officers square off against becak (pedicab) drivers during a rally in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday. The becak drivers were protesting the frequent use of excessive force by Semarang public order officers (Satpol PP). (Antara/R. Rekotomo)Hundreds of becak (pedicab) drivers in Semarang staged a rally in front of the mayor’s office on Tuesday in protest against frequent raids by municipal public order officers (Satpol PP) claiming violence and brutality.
The pedicab drivers claim that public order officers have vandalized pedicabs and forcibly confiscated them.
“We beg them not to mark our pedicabs because it makes them look dirty. They say they only want to supervise us, so why do they have to damage our vehicles?” said Haryadi, whose pedicab had been confiscated, at a hearing with Satpol PP and the transportation agency in Semarang on Tuesday.