Luqman Nurhadi Arunanta, Jakarta – Dozens of mannequins were installed in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Jakarta on Monday as a form of protest against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
“Today Greenpeace held an action opposing the Omnibus Law. We are asking the government and the DPR to halt the deliberations on the draft Omnibus Law and focus more on dealing with the Covid-19 virus”, said Greenpeace Indonesia Forestry Campaign Spokesperson Asep Komarudin in front of the DPR complex front gates on Jl Gatot Subroto in Central Jakarta on Monday June 29.
According to Detik.com’s observations at the location, at 9.15 am there were scores of mannequins lined up in front of the DPR complex front gate holding posters like protesters at a demonstration.
The posters had messages on them protesting the Omnibus Law such as “Overcome the virus, withdraw the Omnibus Law”, “Protect medical workers, not the oligarchy”, and “The country is infected by the oligarchy”.
Around seven people moved the mannequins around in front of the front gate while scores of police officers could be seen on guard. Traffic coming from the direction of Slipi flowed smoothly.
“We held this action with mannequins as a symbolic representation of the ordinary people who are still at home, for whom it is difficult to carry out activities because of the pandemic. This mannequins are the message bearers”, said Komarudin.
“For us at the moment the pandemic has yet to show any significant decline so we are using mannequins. We’re using tight health protocols, spraying disinfectant, wearing face shields, gloves, because Covid-19 is still a threat and we are asking the government to focus more on dealing with it rather than deliberating the Omnibus Law which only benefits a small number [of people]”, he said. (imk/imk)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Aksi Tolak Omnibus Law, Puluhan Manekin ‘Demo’ di Depan DPR”.]