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Pro-law revision riot breaks out in front of KPK building

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 13, 2019   /   05:11 pm
Pro-law revision riot breaks out in front of KPK building A riot broke out in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta as protesters in support of the KPK Law revision burned banners and flower boards and threw bottles and sticks into the building on Friday afternoon. (JP/Ardila Syakriah)

A riot broke out in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta as protesters in support of the KPK law revision burned banners and threw bottles and sticks into the building on Friday afternoon.

The group, comprising around 100 people and calling itself the Alliance of Students and Youth Volunteers who Love the NKRI, urged KPK employees to remove the black cloth covering the KPK logo and name, which was put there as part of the latter's protest against the plan to revise the KPK Law and "questionable" elected KPK commissioner -- both of which were deemed efforts to weaken the antigraft body.

The protesters shouted support for the KPK Law revision as they tried to break into the building to remove the black cloth. A policeman asked KPK employees standing in front of the KPK logo to remove the cloth, but the former refused, arguing that they had been allowed to put the cloth there by the KPK leaders.

A group of police officers were on guard to keep protesters from entering the building, but a man managed to break into the building and removed the black cloth. A fight ensued between the protester, journalists and employees, before the man was finally let free shortly after that.

The group then started throwing plastic bottles and sticks into the KPK building, all the while shouting that the KPK as part of the government be freed from such protests by its employees and that the revision of the KPK Law was needed to improve the antigraft body.

At the time of writing, some of the protesters had dispersed while a handful of others continued to occupy the front of the building.