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Police name one suspect after rally against job creation omnibus bill turns into riot

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 19, 2020   /   06:43 am
Police name one suspect after rally against job creation omnibus bill turns into riot Hundreds of protesters from various organizations demonstrate in front of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta on Thursday demanding that lawmakers stop deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Jakarta Police has named one of 20 arrested protesters a suspect for reportedly inciting a riot during a protest against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the suspect had allegedly thrown rocks at a police officer standing guard during the rally, without providing further details about the suspect.

“We have yet to find out [who started the riot] because most of the detainees were students or unemployed,” Yusri said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.

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Labor groups, university students and other civil groups staged rallies in front of the House complex demanding that the legislative body stop deliberating the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, as well as revoke the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill from the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).

The rally turned into a riot, however, after several protestors began throwing rocks at the police, who responded by shooting tear gas. Twenty people were arrested for allegedly inciting the riot.

Yusri went on to say that the police had released the other 19 detainees on Saturday. They were questioned as witnesses and the police can summon them again at a later date, according to tempo.co. (dpk)