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May 2, 2021, 08.33 AM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Police in Jakarta kept the peace during May Day demonstrations by labor organizations, as they arrested individuals intent on stirring up the occasion

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Jakarta Police Arrest Dozens in May Day Protests

The Jakarta Metropolitan Police has nabbed dozens of demonstrations during May Day protests in the capital on Saturday, May 1, which largely went peacefully.

Jakarta Metropolitan Police Spokesman Grand Police Commissioner Yusri Yunus said the detainees included 22 alleged members of the Anarko group.

“We strongly suspect the detainees are Anarko members, which are known to stir up trouble. We detained them before they can join the laborers. of detaining them first.” Yusri added that another 15 people were nabbed in front of the US Embassy after they did not have permit to hold protests.

The Central Jakarta Police Department also arrested 30 students from the Indonesian Catholic Students Association during the protests. “We arrested the students for disrupting traffic,” said Central Jakarta Police Department chief Police Commissioner Attendant Setyo Koes Harianto.

“They were planning to cause more unrest by burning a tire, which [the police] managed to confiscate in time.” The labor protesters spoke out against the Omnibus Jobs Creation Law, which was passed in October 2020 amid great controversy.

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