The government will deploy a combined force of nearly 17,000 officers and security force members to safeguard mass rallies that are set to be held in Jakarta on Sunday (01/05), in commemoration of International Workers' Day. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Nearly 17,000 Officers to Safeguard May Day Rallies in Jakarta

BY :ALIN ALMANAR

APRIL 29, 2016

Jakarta. The government will deploy a combined force of nearly 17,000 officers and security force members to safeguard mass rallies that are set to be held in Jakarta on Sunday (01/05), in commemoration of International Workers' Day.

A senior police official said an estimated 50,000 workers are expected to converge on the Patung Kuda roundabout (near the National Monument) and the State Palace, both in Central Jakarta, and at the House of Representatives complex and the Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan.

In response, 16,843 members of the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), the transportation office and other related institutions will be deployed in these areas, Jakarta Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Nandang Jumantara said on Friday (29/04).

"We will escort them until they reach the last point of their gathering," Nandang said. "Hopefully they will not disturb the public order and infringe on other people's rights."

Police also warned workers against entering Jalan Sudirman and Jalan M.H. Thamrin on Sunday morning, when there will be public activities for the regular car-free day.

"Residents should not be worried. Their activities and the workers' rallies can both take place simultaneously," Nandang said.

In anticipation of traffic congestion, police will prepare parking areas for the workers at the National Monument IRTI, Lapangan Banteng, Gambir, the Istiqlal Mosque and the East Senayan parking area.

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