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Fisherfolk barred from reclaimed islet during Independence Day celebrations

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:26 am

Despite the Jakarta administration’s intention to demonstrate that the reclaimed islets in Jakarta Bay are an inclusive space, the celebrations of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day held on Maju Beach, also known as islet D, on Saturday saw a number of local fisherfolk being barred from entering.The fisherfolk had tried to drop anchor near the venue of the ceremony but were driven away by Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officials, Antara reported on Saturday. “Move, move. Bapak [Anies] will inspect here,” the officers are reported to have said.However, the agency’s head, Arifin, has denied the incident took place.“I checked the beach before the ceremony took place. There was no ejection,” he said as quoted by tribunnews.com.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan previously said the flag hoisting ceremony that is usually held at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta, woul...