A student protester waves the Indonesian flag on Jalan Tentara Pelajar in Central Jakarta on Monday. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

Students Clash With Police in Jakarta for Second Week Running


SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Huge groups of university students protested again for the second week running around the House of Representatives compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday, clashing with security officers until late into the night.

The protesters demanded that the government reject a controversial Criminal Code bill and annul the newly passed Corruption Eradication Commission law. They also wanted the government to pass through a long-awaited anti-sexual violence bill. 

Police deployed 26,000 officers to stop the young protesters from getting close to the House compound. Razor wire fences and concrete barriers were installed on Jalan Gatot Subroto in front of the House compound at 9 a.m. 

Clashes between the police and the protesters started at around 4 p.m. Police forced the demonstrators to retreat to the Palmerah Train Station by firing at them with tear gas.

The demonstrators fought back with bare hands and bamboo sticks. They pelted anti-riot trucks with stones and fireworks and tried multiple times to get through the police barricade.

Student makes a graffiti that reads reject the sexual violence eradiction bill during protest in front of DPR/MPR Buidling in Senayan, Central Jakarta on Monday (30/09). (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
A student protester tags a wall in the House compound. (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
Protester kicks police barricade during 30 September riot near Indonesian parliament complex in Central Jakarta on Monday (30/09). (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
A protester tries to break through a police barricade. (Antara Photo/Aditya Pradana Putra)
Police officer shoots tear gas to university students during 30 September riot in Gatot Subroto Street, Jakarta on Monday (30/09). (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarok A)
Police fight back with tear gas. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarok A.)
Police shoot tear gas to force protesters to retreat towards Palmerah Station. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)
 Protesters retreat to Palmerah Train Station. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)
Protester receive oxygen assist after hit by tear gas during protest near parliament complex building in Senayan, Central Jakarta on Monday (30/09). (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)
A volunteer medical officer administers oxygen to a protester affected by tear gas. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)
Protesters fights the police with fireworks. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Protesters fight off police with fireworks. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)