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Jakarta Post

Police to act firmly against political activities at Car Free Day events

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 5, 2018   /   08:34 pm
Police to act firmly against political activities at Car Free Day events Supporters of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the text #DiaSibukKerja (#HeIsBusyWorking) face a group of opponents from the #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangethePresident) camp during the Car Free Day event in Central Jakarta on April 29. Widely shared footage shows Jokowi supporters being allegedly intimidated by the opposing group. (Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

The Jakarta Police have vowed to strictly enforce a ban on political activities at the Sunday morning Car Free Day (CFD) events and to take stern action against violators.  

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the force would be on guard to assure that people obeyed Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 12/2016, which only allows for activities related to sport, culture or the environment at CFD events.

“It is not allowed to hold activities related to [sectarian] issues,” he said on Saturday, as quoted by

He added police would coordinate with the Jakarta administration to assure that the regulation was enforced. He also called on all parties to avoid political activities during the Sunday events.

At the Car Free Day event last Sunday, a woman and her son were intimidated by a group of campaigners opposed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s bid for re-election, as shown by the slogan #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangePresident) printed on their T-shirts.

The woman has reported the case to the police.

(Read also: Woman intimidated during Car Free Day)

While denying involvement in the intimidation incident, the #2019GantiPresiden pressure group has announced plans for a large event to be held this Sunday. (wit)