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Jakarta riot: Hotels assure guest safety and security

Jessicha Valentina, Keshie Hernitaningtyas, Wening Gitomartoyo

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, May 22, 2019  /  03:09 pm
Jakarta riot: Hotels assure guest safety and security

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski stands at the traffic circle just south of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Central Jakarta. (Shutterstock/GeorginaCaptures)

Amid the continuing protest at the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) on Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta, representatives from several hotels in the area have shared their latest security updates to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests. 

Marketing communications executive Cindy Yuwono of Four Points by Sheraton Jakarta, Thamrin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday via messaging app that the police were managing the situation. 

Cindy added that the hotel – which is located next to the Bawaslu – was transferring guests who arrived today to its sister properties to ensure their safety.  

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski and Keraton at The Plaza, which are located just south of the Bawaslu, said that their properties were safe. 

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski public relations executive Ananda Wondo said the hotel had tightened its security measures since the election on April 17.

“The security team is acting according to the Central Jakarta Police’s [security brief],” he said. 

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Meanwhile, Keraton at The Plaza marketing communications director Monica Agusta said the hotel was in constant communication with the police, particularly about conditions in front of the hotel. 

“We continue to monitor the security measures and will make adjustments as needed,” she said.

The protest on Tuesday evening escalated into a riot early Wednesday morning, with several protestors setting fire to vehicles parked nearby the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) dormitory on Jl. K.S. Tubun in Slipi, West Jakarta.

The situation had calmed by Wednesday afternoon for staff members of the Hotel Santika Premiere Slipi Jakarta, located near the Brimob dormitory, to enter the area.

Hotel Santika Premiere Slipi Jakarta public relations manager Violla Andrea said guests checking out today who were using private vehicles could depart the hotel via Jl. S. Parman.

Violla added that the hotel has prepared vehicles as well as transfer services for hotel guests to points where they can continue their journeys on public transportation or ride-hailing services. (wng) 

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