Students stage peace rally in front of Arjuna Wiwaha statue in Central Jakarta protesting the newly-adopted job creation law on Oct. 16, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students Brave Rain to Demand Cancellation of Job Creation Law

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

OCTOBER 16, 2020

Hundreds of students defied the rain on Friday as they conducted a peace protest against the recently-adopted job creation law, demanding that the law be abolished.

Claiming to represent the National Association of University Students’ Executive Board (BEM), the protesters gathered in front of Arjuna Wiwaha statue in Central Jakarta to voice their demand amid heavy presence of riot police. 

The Jakarta Police installed barbed wires and deployed armor vehicles around the scene. Heavy rain didn’t stop the rally, as students wore plastic raincoats and put up cardboard tarpaulin to take shelter.

They called on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to have a dialogue with them and uphold democratic values. The rally went without incident and students made friendly gestures to police officers who were seen taking shelter under a pedestrian bridge as they left the scene.

Protesters carry a placard during a rally protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hundreds of students from various universities join the peace rally against the so-called omnibus law. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester writes some demands for the goverment during protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester expresses disapproval to the new job creation law on a colleague’s back. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sings national songs during protest in front of Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Rally leader leads protesters to sing patriotic songs during the demonstration. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a placard that spread an hashtag #saveburuh during protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester shows a sign demanding the president abolish the job creation law. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters stay even though the bad weather will come in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Dark clouds shadow the scene as students continue with the rally. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters wearing plastic raincoat protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters put on plastic raincoats to continue the rally amid heavy rain. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sings a national songs during protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester sings a song loudly during the rally. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
University students protest under the heavy rains in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students pose for a photo before the rally ends. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two protesters hold Indonesian flag together during protest in Arjuna Wiwaha Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Friday (16/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two protesters use the national flag to take shelter from the rain. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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