Students protest fuel price hike at State Palace

Source – November 19, 2014
Protests against fuel price hikes in Jakarta - November 19, 2014 (Tribune)
Protests against fuel price hikes in Jakarta - November 19, 2014 (Tribune)

Jakarta – Students from several different organisations are continuing hold protest actions against the recent fuel (BBM) price hike. Demonstrators from the Islamic Students Association (HMI) for example held an action in front of the State Palace on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Central Jakarta on Wednesday November 19.

Scores of protesters sat in the middle of the road giving speeches rejecting the fuel price hike. A short time later the demonstrators moved to the side of the road to give speeches.

“Reject the fuel price hike”, said one of the speakers. “Reject it”, answered the demonstrators.

In addition to the HMI students, protests against the fuel price hike were also voiced by students from the Jakarta State Polytechnic, who opposed the price increase announced by President Joko Widodo because of its impact on the price of basic commodities. The students called on the government to cancel the price hike.

Based on Tribune’s observations, the action resulted in traffic congestion on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara. Despite this, Central Jakarta Metropolitan police chief Senior Commissioner Hendro Pandowo said that traffic had not yet been rerouted as a result of the protest action in front of the State Place.

[Translated by James Balowski.]