The Jakarta Post
Approximately a hundred app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers gathered at the Green Pramuka City apartment complex in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, demanding an explanation for an alleged assault by a security guard against one of their colleagues.
Cempaka Putih Police chief Comr. Rosiana Nurwidajati confirmed the incident on Thursday, saying that the drivers had received information about the alleged incident from a WhatsApp group.
“They came as a show of solidarity, not to partake in violence as they had learned from the Senen incident,” Rosiana said as quoted by kompas.com, referring to an incident in Senen last month in which a mob of online ojek drivers destroyed a car and beat up its driver.
The drivers dispersed after receiving information from an ojek driver and a security guard posted at the Cempaka Putih Police headquarters.
The police said the incident started when the driver was reprimanded by the security guard three times for stopping in a no-parking zone at the apartment entrance.
The security guard allegedly punched the driver in the nose twice after being incensed that his warnings went unheeded. The driver then reported the alleged assault to the police, who charged the security guard as a suspect. (jlm)