Workers stage protest against fuel price hikes in front of House

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Workers stage a mass rally in front of the House. (IO/Ronald)

Jakarta, IO – Workers from the Labor Party and a number of labour unions as well as students came gather in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (6/9) to hold a mass rally to protest the fuel price hikes, reject the Job Creation (Omnibus) Law, and 13 percent increase in minimum wages.

They started out by marching from S. Parman St. while performing theatrical actions, chanting slogans and singing a parody song to decry the fuel price hikes that they say heap more misery to ordinary people. Police stand guard and erected barbed wire. Gatot Subroto St. was closed off and traffic diverted when number of protesters started to swell.

Central Jakarta Police head Chief Commissioner Komarudin said 3,000 joint personnel from Metro Jaya Police and Central Jakarta Police were deployed.

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Labor Party president Said Iqbal previously said the protest aimed to ask the government and the House to reverse the fuel hike policy and form a special committee. Said Iqbal said that around 5,000 people would take part in the demonstration. (rr)