The Tanah Abang area in Central Jakarta seen on Thursday following this week's riots. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
Roadblocks Remain in Place, Business Operations Suspended After Riots in Central Jakarta
BY :IMAN RAHMAN CAHYADI & CHRISTIAN LEE
MAY 23, 2019
Jakarta. Several roads remained closed and traffic diversions in place in Central Jakarta despite this week's mass protest against the result of the April 17 presidential election having started to fizzle out by Thursday afternoon.
The National Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) stayed put and remained on alert in several areas near the offices of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu).
Several commercial centers decided to shut their operation until the weekend, resulting in billions of rupiah in lost income.
According to the Jakarta Transportation Agency, traffic diversions that are still in place include the following:
Harmoni Intersection to Jalan Merdeka Barat
Jalan Majapahit, where the offices of the State Secretariat are located, remains closed. Traffic leading to Central Jakarta from the north has been diverted west via Jalan Juanda.
Sarinah Intersection to Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle
The road leading to the Sarinah intersection from Jalan Wahid Hasyim and Jalan H. Agus Salim is still closed. Motorists heading towards the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle are advised to take an alternative route past the Heroes Monument in Jalan Menteng Raya.
Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle to Jalan Merdeka Barat
The road from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jalan M.H. Thamrin to Jalan Merdeka Barat, where the offices of key ministries and the National Monument are located, is still closed. Motorists heading north are advised to pass through Jalan Sutan Syahrir and Menteng instead.
Roads Surrounding the National Legislative Building
Roads around the National Legislative Building, including Jalan Gelora, where the Lapangan Tembak Senayan shooting range is located, and Jalan Gerbang Pemuda, the location of state-owned television station TVRI, are still closed. The road leading to Slipi in West Jakarta from Jalan Gatot Subroto is also closed.
Roads Leading to KPU Offices
Jalan Imam Bonjol, starting from the offices of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) to the offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) is still closed. The route from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to the KPU offices is also closed.
Economic Activity Brought to a Halt
The usually hectic Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta has been shut down until Saturday due to the riots.
"Tanah Abang [Market], from Blok A to Blok G, will be closed temporarily until May 25, 2019. This of course, is due to the situation in the field," Arief Nasrudin, president director of city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya, said on Thursday, as quoted by CNN Indonesia.
The upmarket Plaza Indonesia shopping center also suspended operations on Thursday and Friday. Normal trading hours will resume on Saturday.
State-owned Sarinah shopping mall has been closed since Wednesday and will not reopen until either this weekend or the beginning of next week.
Sarinah president director Gusti Ngurah Putu Sugiarta Yasa said the mall is suffering losses of between Rp 400 million and Rp 500 million ($27,600-$34,500) per day, according to a report by news outlet Tirto.
The losses are only based on Sarinah's operational costs and do not include tenants who have also suspended their operations.