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Jobs law protest caused more than Rp 55b in damage: Anies

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 9, 2020   /   01:22 pm
Jobs law protest caused more than Rp 55b in damage: Anies A Transjakarta bus station on Jl. MH Thamrin burns in Jakarta on Thursday during a protest against the Job Creation Law. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration has suffered at least Rp 55 billion (US$3.74 million) in losses from damaged public facilities as a result of rallies against the recently passed Job Creation Law, Governor Anies Baswedan has said.

He said the administration was in the process of surveying the property damage in the capital but that the most significant costs so far had come from damaged Transjakarta bus stations.

“There are 20 bus stations that were damaged, which caused approximately Rp 55 billion in losses. But we have not yet concluded the calculation," he said on Friday during a visit to the Tosari ICBC bus station in Central Jakarta.

Insya Allah [God willing] all the [damage] will be identified by this afternoon and repaired as soon as possible,” he added.

Read also: Facilities set ablaze as clashes break out in Jakarta during jobs law protest

In addition to the bus stations, Grand Theatre cinema in Senen, Central Jakarta, was set on fire, as well as several book kiosks within the compound.

Thousands of protesters, mostly university students and workers, held rallies at two main points in Central Jakarta: near the Presidential Palace and in front of the House of Representatives compound. The rallies then moved to other locations, included Senen and the Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle in the heart of the capital.

On Thursday night, Anies called on protesters to disperse shortly after meeting with them at the HI traffic circle. He promised that the protesters' demands would be passed on to the central government on Friday.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly held an internal meeting to discuss the jobs law with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Friday morning.