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Resistance grows against asylum seekers at shelter, sidewalks

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  02:13 pm
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Asylum seekers look through fencing installed on the sidewalks in front of the UNCHR's office on Jl. Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, on Sept. 17. (JP/Budi Sutrisno)

Amid the uncertainty encasing their lives in transit city Jakarta, asylum seekers are facing rejections from various parties at a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta and the sidewalks of Jl. Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta, where hundreds have limited resources. More than a dozen parents of students from Dian Harapan Daan Mogot school, located next to the shelter, which is a former building of the West Jakarta Military Command (Kodim), held a community cleanup activity on the sidewalks in front of the building on Monday. The cleanup was prompted by the stench of urine allegedly caused by asylum seekers.  Erin, one of the students’ parents who helped coordinate the cleanup, said the activity was organized so as to not further anger locals and prevent clashes. “We also want the environment to be clean to prevent health problems that may emerge,” s...