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Senayan Demonstrations Banned Until Presidential Inauguration

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Indonesian House of Representatives Studying Dual Citizenship Law. Image DPR building.

Traffic Directorate of Polda Metro Jaya has not closed any roads around the House of Representatives (DPR/MPR) today, Tuesday 14th October.

Yesterday, Polda Metro Jaya closed the road of Gatot Soebroto to Slipi in front of the parliament complex. The closures also covered the streets around the Jakarta Presidential Palace. The actions were in anticipation of another mass demonstration.

Kasubditgakkum Polda Metro Jaya, AKBP M Nasir, said the closure of the road is situational, depending on the conditions in the field.
“The road will be closed if there is a condition that potentially surges against the traffic,” he said.

Police chief of Polda Metro Jaya, Irjen Gatot Eddy Pramono, asserted that police officials will not issue a permit for the public to conduct a demonstration until the day of the elected president and vice president, Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin’s inauguration, scheduled for 20th October 2019.

“If anyone has submitted a notification letter about requesting permission to protest, we will not give a letter of acceptance. After that, any intentions to protest can be submitted. This is a discretionary decision made by us,” said Gatot.
Furthermore, Gatot stated that the move was necessary for the procession of the presidential inauguration this Sunday. With some heads of state and ambassadors in attendance, the measure is aimed at maintaining safety and public order.

Source: CNN Indonesia
Image: Lembaga Pemilih Indonesia

See: LBH Jakarta: 50 Students Missing after DPR Protests

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