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Jakarta agency cleans up nearly 400 tons of waste following omnibus law protests

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 9, 2020   /   06:16 pm
Jakarta agency cleans up nearly 400 tons of waste following omnibus law protests Officers of the Jakarta Environment Agency clean debris from the partially destroyed Transjakarta bus station at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Oct. 9, 2020. The bus station was set fire to during a protest against the recently passed Job Creation Law in the capital city a day earlier. (Handout/Jakarta Environment Agency)

The Jakarta Environment Agency has collected 398 tons of waste following rallies against the recently passed Job Creation Law in the capital on Thursday.

The agency deployed 1,100 officers, 12 road-sweeping teams and 20 garbage trucks for inorganic waste, agency head Andono Warih said.

"We have collected 398 tons of waste so far, including debris and broken glass,” Andono said in a written statement on Friday, adding that officers were still cleaning the areas of the protests.

Apart from personnel from the provincial agency, Jakarta Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) workers – commonly known as the “orange troops” who work under the district administration – assisted in the cleanup process.

Read also: One journalist beaten, another missing after covering protests

Karet subdistrict head in Central Jakarta, Kiki Muhammad Akbar, said 40 public facility workers were deployed in the early hours of Friday to clean areas around Transjakarta’s Karet bus station and MRT’s Setiabudi Astra station, tempo.co reported.

Kiki said glass at the Transjakarta bus station was shattered and a water tank was torched. Glass at the MRT entrance gate was also destroyed, in addition to two bicycles from a nearby bike-sharing facility.

According to the authorities, Thursday’s protests in the capital resulted in damages to 25 Transjakarta bus stations. Several police posts, the Grand Theatre cinema in Senen, Central Jakarta, and four shops located behind it were also set on fire.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the administration suffered approximately Rp 65 billion (US$4.42 million) in losses from damaged public facilities.

“[The city administration] immediately cleaned up the location. We have also started repairs. But overall, the public still has access to public transportation,” he said.