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Jakarta Post

Expats undeterred by Jakarta protests

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  09:33 pm
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Clashes break out between security forces and protestors in front of the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta on Monday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indian national Yagika Kiran Madan, who works for a private company in Rasuna Said, South Jakarta, was stressed out as she struggled to find an app-based taxi driver that would accept her order to her apartment in Kebon Kacang, Central Jakarta, on Monday evening. Three drivers of app-based services cancelled her orders and, on top of that, she heard from her neighbors that a demonstration that was taking place near her apartment erupted into riots. “It was more of a panicky situation around me. I believe it affected all of us mentally,” she said Thursday. Madan managed to arrive safely at her apartment, although it took her much longer than usual to get there. Activists and students took to the streets on Monday near the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta to protest against bills they fear could affect civil liberties, such as revisions to the Cri...