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Jakarta Post

Police accused of using excessive force against protesters, journalists outside State of Nation venue

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 16, 2019   /  07:37 pm
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In line: Police perform a morning ceremony near the Constitutional Court in Central Jakarta on Thursday, June 27, ahead of the court's binding ruling on the presidential election resu.(JP/Donny Fernando)

As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered his State of the Nation address on Friday, a rally protesting against an amendment to the Manpower Law was blocked from taking place outside the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, where the annual national event was being held. The planned rally, organized by activists and members of labor unions, reportedly turned sour as police attempted to disperse some protesters with force and even allegedly intimidated journalists covering the incident. Protesters grouped under the Workers and People Movement (GEBRAK), an alliance of labor unions, federations and confederations, said the police had arrested some of their colleagues. Labor Movement Central National Union member Akbar Rewako told The Jakarta Post that at least 21 protesters had been “arbitrarily arrested” by the police when they gathered in fro...