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Hun­dreds ar­rested as In­done­sians protest against new in­vest­ment bill

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JAKARTA AF P ,8 OCT ,2020Hun­dreds of peo­ple were ar­rested in Jakarta Thurs­day as tens of thou­sands protested across In­done­sia for a third day against a con­tro­ver­sial new law that crit­ics say will harm labour rights and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Thou­sands of se­cu­rity per­son­nel were de­ployed to block ac­cess to the cap­i­tal and pre­vent work­ers and stu­dents from de­mon­strat­ing in front of the pres­i­den­tial palace and par­lia­ment.

Jakarta po­lice spokesman Yusri Yunus said more than 400 peo­ple --mostly teenagers --had been ar­rested in the past two days,ac­cus­ing them of pro­vok­ing un­rest dur­ing the protests.

“We are now ques­tion­ing them,”yunus told AFP on Thurs­day,adding the sit­u­a­tion in Jakarta was “un­der con­trol”.

The gov­ern­ment hopes a new bill --which aims to cut red tape by amend­ing dozens of ex­ist­ing

laws cov­er­ing tax­a­tion,labour and en­vi­ron­ment reg­u­la­tions --will at­tract for­eign in­vest­ment.

But labour ac­tivists and green groups have slammed the leg­is­la­tion, with Amnesty In­ter­na­tional say­ing it was “cat­a­strophic” for work­ers.

 ??  ?? Smoke rises from fires set by ac­tivists dur­ing protests in Jakarta
Smoke rises from fires set by ac­tivists dur­ing protests in Jakarta

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