A riot broke out in front of the national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday when police clashed with thousands of university students demanding that the House of Representatives halt deliberations on revisions to the Criminal Code Law and the Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students Riot Outside National Legislature During Protest of Criminal Code, KPK Law Revisions

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

A riot broke out in front of the national legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday when police clashed with thousands of university students who had been gathering in the area since Monday morning to demand that the House of Representatives halt deliberations on revisions to the Criminal Code Law and the Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

More than 18,000 police officers and dozens of anti-riot vehicles were deployed to maintain order and prevent a repeat of the events that brought down former President Suharto's New Order regime in 1998.

Protestors blocked the Inner-City Toll Road and climbed on road barriers. Graffiti critical of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was also sprayed on walls and buildings in the area.

The situation became heated when demonstrators tried to scale the fence surrounding the legislative complex. Police used water cannons and tear gas to force them to back down. The crowd later split up into two groups, moving to the Palmerah and Slipi areas in West Jakarta. 

Students from various parts of the country are seen gathered in front of the national legislative complex in Senayan on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students from various parts of the country are seen gathered in front of the national legislative complex in Senayan on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protestors use toothpaste to mitigate the effects of tear gas released by police during the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protestors use toothpaste to mitigate the effects of tear gas released by police during the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a placard with a message criticizing the House of Representatives. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a placard with a message criticizing the House of Representatives. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester tries to scale the fence around the legislative complex. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester tries to scale the fence around the legislative complex. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Riot police clash with protesters, some of them armed with bamboo sticks, stones and plastic bottles. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Riot police clash with protesters, some of them armed with bamboo sticks, stones and plastic bottles. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a bamboo stick during the clash. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carries a bamboo stick during the clash. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers in full riot gear defend the legislative complex. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers in full riot gear defend the legislative complex. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A vehicle belonging to the National Police that was damaged in the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A vehicle belonging to the National Police that was damaged in the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protestors retreat towards the Semanggi interchange after police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protestors retreat towards the Semanggi interchange after police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Some students approach the police to negotiate a truce during the standoff. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students approach the police to negotiate a truce during the standoff. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protestor carries the national flag to signal an end to the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protestor carries the national flag at the end of the riot. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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