The Jakarta Post
Hundreds of taxi drivers and drivers from local motorcycle taxi-hailing application Go-Jek engaged in a brawl during a protest on Monday on Jl. Sudirman, Central Jakarta, as the two groups went head to head on the streets.
Taxi drivers passing through the Sudirman area near Sampoerna Strategic Square were heading to Senayan to join their fellow drivers in the protest. However, Go-Jek drivers moved to block their path, according to a televised report from Metro TV.
The taxi drivers and Go-Jek drivers argued, which led to a brawl in which the two groups threw rocks at each other. The incident caused a standstill on Jl. Sudirman until police officers broke up the brawl and forced the groups to retreat.
Meanwhile, on Jl. Gerbang Pemuda, taxi drivers and Go-Jek drivers also fought with one another.
A Go-Jek driver named Siswanto, 47, was forced by taxi drivers to get off his motorcycle as he was passing through Senayan wearing his Go-Jek jacket and helmet.
Several taxi drivers hit and punched him, causing facial bruises, before police officers broke up the fight.
No details are available as yet on whether Siswanto intends to report the incident to police, as taxi drivers dispersed quickly after police officers arrived.
Meanwhile, a driver of an Express Taxi was beaten up by Go-Jek drivers during a separate brawl, also in the Senayan area.
At least 10,000 drivers from the Land Transportation Drivers Association (PPAD) hit the streets of Jakarta on Tuesday to protest ride-hailing applications such as Go-Jek, US-based Uber and Malaysia-based Grab over claims that the modern services were disadvantaging conventional transportation services. (rin)
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