'Due to breakup' mural in West Flood Canal, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (07/11) Anies and Sandi is rumored will close one of the always-busy and famous prostitution nest in in West Flood Canal (Kanal Banjir Barat / KBB), Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)
Wrong Side of the Banks
NOVEMBER 14, 2017
The new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno, were elected with strong support from Jakarta's Muslim majority.
In their first few months in office, they have already come good with one of their campaign promises, closing the famous Alexis Hotel in North Jakarta, allegedly a hotbed of debauchery and illegal prostitution.
"If I got evicted, I will move somewhere there [point to another makeshift settlement nearby]. I will have to leave my goats here. I don't have anywhere to take them to," Asmar said.
Most of the residents of Western Flood Canal's shanty town say they will pitch up tent near the busy Tanah Abang market, the Palmerah train station, the Petamburan cemetery or sleep in carts just behind Hotel Indonesia.
Some of the residents have started to dismantle their tent houses and rush to leave the area before they are forced to move by Jakarta's notoriously violent municipal police (Satpol PP).
They pack up everything they own into their carts and push them slowly under a cloudy sky, their children playing quietly on top of blankets covering their belongings.