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Students stage protest, demand House hold off on passing Criminal Code bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /  10:16 pm
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Students gather in front of the House of Representatives compound on Jl. Gatot Subroto in Central Jakarta on Thursday to protest against a bill to revise the Criminal Code.(JP/Ghina Ghaliya)

The House of Representatives saw renewed and larger protests against the controversial Criminal Code bill on Thursday as hundreds of university students assembled in front of the legislative building to demand lawmakers halt the passing of the bill for its potential to curtail democracy. The students, who came from various universities including the University of Indonesia (UI), the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Dr. Hamka Muhammadiyah University and the University of Indraprasta PGRI (Unindra), gathered in front of the gate to the compound on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Central Jakarta, blocking access to Slipi, West Jakarta. They demanded that the House not push ahead with its plan to pass the Criminal Code bill into law, while also voicing disappointment over the recent passage of a highly criticized revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which many believe ...