Rallies by university students in several cities, including Jakarta, mainly targeted at legislative buildings, turned violent on Monday after protesters clashed with police and refused to disperse. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi).
Student Protests in Various Cities End in Chaos on Monday
BY :BAYU MARHAENJATI/ANTARA & DIANA MARISKA
SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Updated at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2 to correct the second paragraph, which wrongly stated that the students were protesting in favor of the laws in question. We regret the error.
Jakarta. Rallies by university students in several cities, including Jakarta, mainly targeted at legislative buildings, turned violent on Monday after protesters clashed with police and refused to disperse.
The students were protesting plans by the national legislature to pass several bills, including the criminal code, coal and mineral resources, correctional facilities and labor bills, despite an announcement by House of Representatives Speaker Bambang Soesatyo that deliberations on these would be postponed.
Chaos broke out near the back entrance to the national legislative complex in Jalan Tentara Pelajar, West Jakarta, and at the Semanggi interchange near the headquarters of the Jakarta Police.
Police deployed water cannons and fired tear gas at protestors pelting them with stones and water bottles.
Chaos also broke out during a protest outside the building of the West Java provincial legislature in Bandung when no legislative representatives showed up to meet with protestors, who proceeded to throw firecrackers and stones at the building.
Police responded with water cannons and tear gas.
A similar scenario unfolded in Jambi on Sumatra Island.
Public Transportation Interrupted
Jakarta's Inner-City Toll Road was closed to traffic on Monday, while Kereta Api Indonesia canceled all scheduled commuter trains between Tanah Abang Station in Central Jakarta and Kebayoran Station in South Jakarta due to the chaos near Palmerah Station in West Jakarta.