Subur Dani, Banda Aceh – Hundreds of workers from the Aceh Workers Alliance (ABA) held a peaceful action commemorating International Labour Day at the Simpang Lima traffic circle in the Achenese provincial capital of Banda Aceh on Friday May 1.
After gathering in front of the Great Baiturrahman Mosque, at around 8.40am the workers held a long-march to the Simpang Lima traffic circle. “Long live the workers, improve workers’ welfare, workers must receive decent wages”, shouted one of the speakers during a break in the march.
The protesters also brought posters with messages expressing their hopes in the government. In addition to workers, several journalists also commemorated May Day.
As of going to print, the action was continuing under the close watch of police.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Ratusan Pekerja Aceh Peringati Hari Buruh.]