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Police repression mars May Day protest rallies

  • Arya Dipa and Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung and Yogyakarta   /   Thu, May 2, 2019   /  08:50 am
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Heating up: A group of Papuan activists and students clash with police during a May Day protest in front of the Kamasan student dormitory in Yogyakarta on Wednesday. The dispute erupted when the officers tried to stop the protest, claiming that there was another group of protesters who were also scheduled to rally in the same area.(JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The annual rallies to mark International Workers’ Day took a violent turn in some cities across the archipelago as a number of protestors clashed with authorities. In Bandung, West Java, police attacked two journalists while hundreds of protesters were detained after a riot on Jl. Cikapayang, as the group marched toward Gedung Sate. Hundreds of young protesters dressed in black were accused of inciting the riot after they allegedly spray-painted traffic lights and buildings along their march. “They wanted to join other May Day protestors [near Gedung Sate], but the latter rejected them fearing that they would vandalize things,” Bandung Police chief Sr. Comr. Irman Sugema said on Wednesday. #Bandung, #Indonesia: Anarchist Bloc at #MayDay2019- 150 Arrests pic.twitter.com/F8f4qCpzVy — Anarchists Worldwide (@AnarchistsWW) May 1, 2019 Up to 400 of t...