Student protesters take a breather among rubbish after a demonstration in Jakarta last week. (Antara Photo/Galih Pradipta).

Tons of Rubbish Left Behind After Student Protests in Jakarta


SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Jakarta. Large demonstrations in Jakarta last week left some rather unpleasant marks on the streets of Jakarta. Aside from damages to public facilities, the protesters also left 17 tons of rubbish. 

Jakarta's street cleaners were forced to do extra shifts to clean up the mess around the House of Representatives compound in South Jakarta.

The head of Jakarta's environmental division Antono Warih said his office deployed 100 street sweepers, 10 road sweeper cars, seven garbage trucks and four smaller pick-up trucks. According to Anton, in total there were 17 tons of garbage left on the street.

They were strewn on and around Jalan Gatot Subroto, Gerbang Pemuda and the Semanggi interchange.

Jakarta dumps its waste in the Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi in the neighboring province of West Java.

University and high school students staged massive demonstrations around the House compound on Sept. 23-24 to protest a newly passed Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law and reject a number of controversial bills, including a brand new Criminal Code.

Police shot tear gas into the crowd after they clashed with thousands of university students who had been gathering in the area since Monday morning. Dozens of the students were arrested during the riotous protest