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18,000 defence officers stationed in Jakarta during labour law protests

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18,000 defence officers stationed in Jakarta during labour law protests (

Security authorities mobilized 18,000 employees to improve security through ongoing demonstrations by university students in Central Jakarta against the controversial Job Creation law on Friday. A total of 8,000 police officers, Indonesian Military (TNI) and Satpol PP staff were deployed to guard the State Palace, and about 10,000 police from the Jakarta Police Force is in the National Monument (Monas) area in anticipation of an escalation in the demonstration. 

"The rally was also guarded by a joint military force," said Jakarta Police Speaker Sr. Comr. Comr. Yusri Yunus, as quoted from, said on Friday. Another demonstration was organized on Friday by the National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM SI). The protest began at 1 p.m. BEM SI coordinator Remy Hastian said through the State Palace. Remy said the students would urge President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to issue a regulation in place of law (Perppu) that would revoke the highly controversial employment law, which the public and the experts have criticized for being legal flaws, violations of human rights and threatening the environment.

Police erected a fence and blocked entry along Jl to discourage demonstrators from accessing the castle. Medan Merdeka Barat and the Wiwaha statue of Arjunan. The Jakarta Police Directorate of Traffic has also blocked access to traffic around Jl. Since Thursday night, Merdeka Barat, Harmoni, Veteran 3 and Gambir. It also diverted the flow of vehicles around the State Palace during the protest to alleviate traffic congestion. 

As students kept protesting in Jakarta's State Palace, President Jokowi met guests and ministers on Friday at Bogor Palace in West Java. He is in [Bogor] palace for an internal meeting and receives guests and Ministers, "Heru Budi Hartono, head of the presidential secretariat, told on Friday. During the demonstrations of October 8, in violent clashes, the President went on a working journey to Central Kalimantan. One day later, Jokowi made his first public statement on the passage of the employment law, which said critique of the law was focused on "disinformation and social media hoaxes." (thejakartapost)

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