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KAI adds extra Jatinegara stop to anticipate Friday's mass rally

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 2, 2018   /   03:38 pm
KAI adds extra Jatinegara stop to anticipate Friday's mass rally Passengers crowd a platform at Jatinegara station in East Jakarta on May 1, which was opened as an extra stop for intercity trains. State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia has adopted the same measure to anticipate increased congestion during the planned Muslim rally on Friday, Nov. 2. (JP/Aditya Bhagas)

State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has temporarily added Jatinegara station in East Jakarta as an extra stop for intercity trains in anticipation of congestion around Central Jakarta's Gambir station as a result of a mass rally planned for Friday afternoon.

“Normally, [intercity] trains depart from Gambir and doesn’t stop in Jatinegara. But today, the trains will stop at Jatinegara to board passengers there,” Edy Kuswoyo, the spokesman for KAI's Jakarta office, a in a statement as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that KAI would deploy extra personnel to assist passengers at Jatinegara station.

Police have announced that thousands of Muslims planned to protest the recent burning of a black flag bearing the Islamic creed in Arabic.

Members of Banser, the civilian security unit under Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)’s Ansor youth wing, burned the flag during National Santri Day celebrations on Oct. 22 in Garut, West Java, claiming it was the flag of banned Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI). 

A viral video caused public uproar over the incident.