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30 Sep 2019 | 07:23 AM UTC

Indonesia: Ongoing student-led protest in Jakarta September 30 /update 3

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Ongoing student-led protest in Jakarta on September 30; heightened security presence and further nationwide protests expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Jakarta

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Event

Student activists are participating in a protest in Jakarta on Monday, September 30, in opposition to the government regarding its proposed overhaul of the country's criminal code, the violence in Papua, and the ongoing haze. As of 15:00 (local time), several thousand people are marching towards the Parliament Building. Local media outlets report that roads in the immediate vicinity are closed and several bus services in the capital have been diverted. Online activists have also recorded increased security measures in Jakarta, including security officers carrying out identification checks at MRT stations. Similar protests are expected in major urban areas, including in Solo, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Madura, and Kendari.

Significant transport disruptions, including heavy traffic - particularly in the capital, as well as business disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected near all protest sites. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. Further nationwide protests in the coming days are possible.

Context

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.

Advice

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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