Sofian, Jakarta – A number of parts of Jakarta will be congested today, Thursday October 25. One of the reasons being that seven demonstrations will rock seven points across the city. According to information obtained by Tempo from the Metro Jaya regional police intelligence directorate, the first demonstration will be held by the Indonesian Metal Trade Workers Federation (FSPMI).
The group will go to the Japanese Embassy on Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta then go on to the Vice Presidential Palace on Jl. Merdeka Selatan. They plan to finish the protest in front of the House of Representatives building on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Central Jakarta. The action, which is planned to start at 9.30am, is expecting to attract between 1,000 to 1,500 protesters.
Around the same time, the North Maluku Social Patriots (PMMU) will be holding a demonstration at the offices of the Home Affairs Department, the General Elections Commission and the Indonesian national police headquarters.
Shortly after this, United Indonesian Solidarity (SIB) will be demonstrating at four different locations, first in front of the State Palace, then the Attorney General’s Office, the national police headquarters and finally at the Department of Justice and Human Rights.
The Volunteers for Democratic Struggle (Repdem) Banten, a social organisation affiliated to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, will be organising an action at three locations, the Ministry for State Owned Enterprises, the Supreme Audit Agency and the Attorney General’s Office.
Later in the afternoon at around 1.30pm, workers from the United Federated Trade Union for State Owned Enterprises (FSPBB) will hold a protest at the offices of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission on Jl. Juanda, which will be continued at the State Palace.
The Corruption Eradication Commission will also not be spared today, with a demonstration being planned by the Anti-Corruption Student Network (JMAK).
Finally, the Solidarity Network for the Families of Victims of Human Rights Violations (JSKKPH) will also be holding a protest at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout.
[Translated by James Balowski.]