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40,000 security personnel on guard for Jokowi’s final open rally

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 13, 2019   /   11:49 am
40,000 security personnel on guard for Jokowi’s final open rally Supporters of Joko "Jokowi" WIdodo and Maruf Amin gather at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta for the pair's final open rally on Saturday. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

Thousands of security personnel comprising the police, Indonesian Military (TNI) and public order officials (Satpol PP) have been deployed to secure the final open rally of incumbent candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon, which will be followed by the presidential debate in the evening.

Four-layers of security have been prepared for the open rally, expected to be the largest open rally for Jokowi and running mate Ma’ruf Amin. 

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the security measures include personnel assigned near the stage, around the perimeter of GBK, GBK entrances and outside the stadium. The Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) will stand guard in the first layer, he said.

Personnel from the police and TNI are set to be deployed for the second ring while the third and fourth will be under the supervision of the Jakarta Police and its traffic directorate.

The number of personnel deployed is four times bigger than for the open rally of challenger Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno last week. During the rally at the GBK, 10,000 personnel were deployed.

After Jokowi and Maruf’s rally, some 3,000 personnel will be deployed for the final round of the presidential debate in the nearby Sultan Hotel on Saturday evening.

The fifth round focuses on the economy, welfare, finance and trade. (das)