Protest actions to add to Jakarta’s traffic woes

Source – October 20, 2008
Traffic congestion on Jl. Warung Buncit Raya in South Jakarta (Detik)
Traffic congestion on Jl. Warung Buncit Raya in South Jakarta (Detik)

Ken Yunita, Jakarta – It has become like a ‘regular customer’, traffic crossing Jl. Warung Buncit Raya in South Jakarta from Ragunan in the direction of Mampang Prapatan is invariably congested in the mornings.

This situation will be worsened today, Monday October 20 by a protest action in front of the offices of the Justice and Prosperity Party’s (PKS) central leadership board, which is located on this stretch of road.

According to the Metro Jaya regional police Traffic Management Centre website, the demonstration by a group calling themselves the Papua National Coalition (KNP) will take place at 8am. The demonstrators will fill almost half of the road and result in traffic being even more chaotic than usual.

Following the protest in front of the PKS offices, the protesters will switch to the Department of Home Affairs on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Central Jakarta.

In addition to the KNP, after protesting at the State Palace at 9am the Papuan Traditional Social Community Against Corruption (Kampak) will also hold a demonstration at the Department of Home Affairs.

Following this at 10am, the South Sumatra Social Alliance of Concern for the Organisation of Clean Elections (AMSSPPPB) will be holding a protest action at the offices of the General Elections Commission on Jl. Imam Bonjol. (ken/nrl)

[Translated by James Balowski.]