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Hundreds arrested in violent protests in Jakarta

Protestors disperse themselves as police personnel shoot out tear gas to following clashes that break out during protest against the Jobs Law in Gambir, Central Jakarta on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.(Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)
Alya Nurbaiti, Rizki Fachriansyah and Apriadi Gunawan
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Jakarta/Medan   ●   Wed, October 14 2020

Protests against the Job Creation Law descended into riots on Tuesday as violent opposition to the controversial law continued in the capital city.

An unidentified group threw bottles and stones at police officers near the Arjuna Wiwaha Monument, also known as the Horse Statue, in Central Jakarta, just as protesters from the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), the National Movement to Safeguard Fatwas (GNPF) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood started to disperse.

At 3:45 p.m., the protesters, mostly dressed in white and wearing caps, began to leave the location and Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Heru Novianto appealed to the crowd to remain calm while leaving.

“This is a peaceful protest. Now the rally is over, let’s return home peacefully. FPI group, please keep the situation [under control] and do not riot,” Heru addressed the crowd.

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