Ari Saputra, Jakarta – Around 100 demonstrators succeeded in reaching the road opposite the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday October 20.
As soon as the convoy transporting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and Vice President Boediono to the DPR for their inauguration passed by, the protesters immediately began shouting and yelling.
The demonstrators from the People’s Struggle Front (FPR) and the Association of Independent Trade Unions (GSBI) were able to reach the location by crossing the Farmasi flyover then following the Slipi-Cawang toll road until they arrived across from the DPR.
When the president and vice president’s entourage along with invited guest passed by, the demonstrators shouted accusing Yudhoyono and Boediono of being US lackeys. “SBY-Boediono are American puppets!” shouted the demonstrators as they held up posters and pamphlets containing their demands.
Hundreds of police officers could be seen on guard who had setup a fence to block the protesters. The VVIP entourage meanwhile was not disrupted and continued on its journey.
According to information the action will be continued in front of the DPR. Traffic in the direction of Cawang meanwhile was congested because one of the lanes was being used by the protesters. (mok/nwk)
[Slightly abridged translation by James Balowski.]