Situation Under Control, Police Spokesman Says Ahead of Rally Launch

The situation in Jakarta ahead of Friday's (04/11) massive rally in the city remains under control, National Police operational assistant Insp. Gen. Unggung Cahyono said late Thursday. (Antara Photo/Ampelsa)

By : Farouk Arnaz, Robertus Wardi & Eko Prasetyo | on 10:13 AM November 04, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics, Featured, Security

Jakarta. The situation in Jakarta ahead of Friday's (04/11) massive rally in the city remains under control, National Police operational assistant Insp. Gen. Unggung Cahyono said late Thursday.

“The situation in Indonesia, especially Jakarta, until this morning is relatively secure and controlled. Hopefully it would be safe during tomorrow’s rally. We are prepared to secure and provide public services,” Unggung said.

Around 16,000 police and military personnel have been deployed to secure the rally under the direction of Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan, Unggung said.

Earlier, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the right to protest is guaranteed under the law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

"We allow them as we have regulations on how to conduct a protest," Tito said on Wednesday.

He said that as long as protesters do not interfere with the rights of others, such as abusing passers-by or disrupting public order, they are permitted to protest.

"They should not violate ethics and morals. The protests should use good language and maintain the nation's unity," Tito said.

He added that while protesters have the right to take to the streets, police can disperse crowds if it threatens public safety.

Military chief advised discipline in protest rally

Meanwhile, Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has asked protesters to behave in an orderly fashion and respect public order.

Gatot said the military will be supporting the police on Friday.

“TNI will not tolerate any movements trying to break the nation’s unity, or provoking and politicizing by using SARA [religion, ethnicity, race and groups issues]."

The military has deployed 1,500 unarmed officers from the Jakarta Command District are, but have tipped further deployments throughout the day if reinforcement is needed.

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