A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask carries a placard during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue, also affectionally known as the Horse Statue, in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Islamist Hardliner Groups Protest Against Job Creation Law, Demand Jokowi's Resignation

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

OCTOBER 13, 2020

Jakarta. A protest against Job Creation Law held by several Islamist hardline organizations in National Monument Complex has turned into a riot near the Arjuna Wijaya Statue roundabout in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) started the protests peacefully at noon, and the protesters had told the police that they would disband at 04:00 p.m. But, as the protesters dispersed,  a group of teenagers ran towards the police barricade and showered the police with wood, bamboo, bricks, and bottles.

The rioters tried to break through the police's barbed wire, but the attempt failed as the police immediately fired tear gas. Police shot some tear gas at Arjuna Wijaya Statue roundabout and managed to repel the crowd towards Gambir Station and Tugu Tani.

Both the demonstrators and rioters were mostly teenagers, who demanded the government halting the Job Creation Law and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo resignation.

During the riot, they shout harsh insults at the police. They also burned down road separators, damaged several vehicles, and vandalized the US Embassy walls.

The riot ended at 06:00 p.m. The police said they had detained 500 teenagers involved in the riot. 

A protesters waves Indonesian flag during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester waves the Indonesian flag during a demonstration near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester prays during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester prays during a demonstration near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students carry placard during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students carry placards during a protest near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters try to broke police barricade during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters try to break through wire barricades during a protest near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police personnel shots tear gas during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police officer shots tear gas canister during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries Indonesian flag during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries the Indonesian flag during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters throw rock and stones to police barricade during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters throw stones at the police barricade during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester kicks tear gas from the police during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester kicks tear gas cannister toward the police during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters scribbled Polisi Anjing on the walls during the protests during riot in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (13/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters scribble derogatory phrases for the police on the walls during the protests during a riot near Arjuna Wijaya Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.
(JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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