Jakarta to be besieged by demos today, traffic expected to be worse than usual

Detik.com – December 3, 2007
Traffic jam on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Jakarta (Tribune)
Traffic jam on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Jakarta (Tribune)

Maryadi, Jakarta – It appears that the flow of traffic in several parts of Jakarta today will be even more congested that usual. At least ten protest actions will besiege Jakarta on Monday December 2.

According to information received from the Metro Jaya Regional Police Traffic Management Center (TMC), the protests will take place between 8am and 1pm local time.

The first demonstration will start at 8am at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta, followed at 9am by an action at the Department of Home Affairs on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara. Then at 10am a demonstration will be held at the PT Inti Gelora housing estate and the National Elections Commission on Jl. Imam Bonjol.

Also at 10am, the Committee of Indonesian Advocates for the Disabled (KAPCI) will be protesting at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout and the Supreme Court on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara.

A demonstration will also be held at the Jakarta Provincial Civil Service Agency (BK-DKI) on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan and in front of the national police headquarters.

At 1pm, the Student Solidarity Committee (KSM) will hold a protest at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. Also at 1pm, a demonstration will take place at the House of Representatives building on Jl. Gatot Subroto.

In order to anticipate traffic jams a result of these actions, the Metro Jaya police have already deployed extra traffic police in the locations where the actions are to take place. (mar/mar)

[Translated by James Balowski.]