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Protests continue despite lower participation

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Kharishar Kahfi, Sausan Atika and Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Yogyakarta   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  08:29 am
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New protests involving workers, high school students and others in Palmerah, Central Jakarta, got ugly on Monday afternoon, when demonstrators threw plastic bottles and stones toward police, who responded with tear gas.(kompas.com/Bonfilio Mahendra Wahanaputra)

A nationwide wave of protests against the government and the House of Representatives continued on Monday as the legislative body was scheduled to hold its last plenary session for the 2014-2019 term. University students, who had spearheaded a number of demonstrations last week, decided not to join the street rallies on Monday, supporting only smaller protest actions around campuses. In Jakarta, thousands of protesters – including activists, workers and high school students – gathered in the Senayan area to march toward the legislative compound in Senayan in Central Jakarta at midday on Monday. Their demands still revolve around halting the passage of several controversial bills, including the pending Criminal Code (KUHP) revision. Monday’s march, however, did not reach the compound’s front gate, as police had installed a blockade around 100 meters...