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Jakarta Police name 131 suspects for rioting during jobs law protests

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 20, 2020   /   03:36 pm
Jakarta Police name 131 suspects for rioting during jobs law protests Protesters set fire to a Transjakarta bus shelter at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin in Jakarta on Oct. 8. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta Police have named 131 suspects for allegedly rioting during a series of protests against the controversial Job Creation Law in the capital over the past two weeks.

Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said the suspects were linked to incidents that took place during the Oct. 7, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 protests, which included damage to the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) office, a police car, an ambulance and police posts, as well as attacks on police officers.

“They were charged under Articles 170, 212 and 218 of the Criminal Code on violence against people and property, as well as Article 406 on vandalism,” Nana said as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.

The police detained only 69 of the 131 suspects – those who faced more than 5 years in prison. Of the 69, 20 people were suspected of vandalizing bus shelters and police posts along Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, Nana said.

According to the police, the suspects were mostly vocational high school students, anarchist group members, university students and unemployed people.

Protests against the Job Creation Law have now entered their third week in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia. The demonstrations began shortly after the House of Representatives passed the bill into law on Oct. 5.

Some previous demonstrations in the capital, including student protests on Oct. 8 and rallies on Oct. 13 by the Anticommunist National Alliance (ANAK NKRI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), resulted in clashes with security personnel and damaged facilities. (syk)