Police Charge 3 More After Violent Protest Against Ridesharing Services

Taxi drivers take part in a protest against what they say is unfair competition from ridesharing services outside the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on March 14. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

By : Alin Almanar | on 9:05 PM March 23, 2016
Category : News

Jakarta. Police announced that they have charged another three people with disrupting the public order after a massive protest by taxi drivers in Jakarta on Tuesday (22/03) against ridesharing services turned violent.

Thousands of conventional cabbies were rallying against the ridesharing services, which they claim are threatening their livelihoods, when some violently forced fellow drivers as well as motorcycle drivers working for app-based services, to stop operating. The motorcycle drivers fought back, leading to mayhem on the city's streets.

Police have since named a conventional taxi driver and an app-based motorcycle taxi driver as suspects on Wednesday morning for allegedly provoking violence through social media and committing hostile acts, respectively.

Another three, all of whom are drivers of three-wheeled vehicles locally known as Bajaj, were named suspects hours later for allegedly creating public unrest.

The three suspects could face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty.

The latter three were part of a group of 83 people who were arrested earlier. The remaining detainees have now been released but they are still under investigation by police.

"They will be charged with minor offenses. We could not detain them but will proceed with the investigations through summonses," Jakarta Police general crimes director Sr. Comr. Krishna Murti said.

The arrests came after police failed to prevent Tuesday's rally from turning into chaos, which was sparked by the government's decision last week to allow app-based transportation services to operate as a cooperative.

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