Thousands of student protesters gathered in several major urban centers nationwide on Thursday, September 26, in opposition to a proposed overhaul of the country's criminal code. Clashes between protesters and security forces broke out in Kendari (Southeast Sulawesi) on Thursday, resulting in the death of at least one person. In Padang (West Sumatra), students reportedly stormed and occupied the local parliament building.
Similar protests are expected in Indonesia over the coming days. Heightened security measures and localized transportation disruptions are likely around demonstration sites.
On Monday, September 24, students across the country held rallies in multiple locations to denounce several controversial bills.
In addition to the KUHP bill, which would outlaw extramarital and gay sex, students are protesting against problematic articles in at least four other bills, including a manpower bill, a land bill, a mining bill, and a correctional procedures bill. Protesters are also demanding lawmakers to pass a bill on the eradication of sexual violence. On Friday, September 20, President Joko Widodo delayed a planned vote on the KUHP bill, which was originally scheduled for September 24.
Individuals in Indonesia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, allow ample travel time, anticipate delays and other rail service disruptions, and seek alternative means of transportation (if necessary).
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