A protest denouncing a controversial ideology bill has been scheduled in the capital Jakarta on Sunday, July 5. Reportedly, participants will gather at the Ahmad Yani fields from 11:00 (local time) and an unspecified nearby football field from 13:00. Those organizing the protest, namely conservative and Islamist civil society groups, are calling for the bill's withdrawal.
Overland transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of the protests, and gatherings elsewhere in Indonesia's urban centers are possible.
The bill relates to Pancasila (Indonesia's national ideology), and it aims to regulate the values of the Pancasila ideology and the functions of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP). Those opposing the bill fear it could offer new interpretations of Pancasila that undermine existing elements.
Individuals in Indonesia are advised to monitor developments, anticipate overland disruption in the vicinity of the demonstration, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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