Commuter Trains to Operate Normally Despite Friday's Mass Rally in Jakarta


NOVEMBER 03, 2016

Jakarta. Commuter trains serving the capital and its satellite cities will remain operational in all locations, but with heightened security, during the mass rally by hard-line Muslim groups that is set to take place in Jakarta on Friday (04/11), state-owned rail operator Kereta Api Indonesia said.

More than 50,000 members of hard-line Muslim groups are expected to take to the streets to protest against Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, a move that has placed the city on alert over the past few days.

"All trains will operate normally and will stop at all stations," KAI Commuter Jabodetabek spokeswoman Eva Chairunisa said on Thursday.

She said more security officers will be deployed at the stations.

Security officials as well as religious leaders have called on members of the public to remain calm ahead of the rally, which will be safeguarded by tens of thousands of police officers and soldiers.