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Minister: Jakarta Not Trying to Curb People’s Right to Protest

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Ribuan buruh dari berbagai aliansi se-Jabodetabek melakukan 'longmarch' di Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Jumat (30/10). Mereka menggelar aksi unjuk rasa untuk menolak Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 78 Tahun 2015 tentang Pengupahan yang menjadi dasar formula perhitungan upah minimum provinsi (UMP). ANTARA FOTO/Sigid Kurniawan/kye/15.
Ribuan buruh dari berbagai aliansi se-Jabodetabek melakukan ‘longmarch’ di Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Jumat (30/10). Mereka menggelar aksi unjuk rasa untuk menolak Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 78 Tahun 2015 tentang Pengupahan yang menjadi dasar formula perhitungan upah minimum provinsi (UMP). ANTARA FOTO/Sigid Kurniawan/kye/15.

Jakarta. The administration of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is not trying to make it impossible for people to rally on the streets of Jakarta — it is merely concerned about disturbances of the public order, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said on Monday.

The Jakarta government has been criticized for issuing a gubernatorial regulation on the matter (Pergub No. 228/2015) that some say is excessive.

Tjahjo said a team from the ministry would be discussing the matter with Basuki’s people, but the minister added that he understood the regulation’s aim: limiting disturbance of the public order and trying to prevent traffic mayhem in the already heavily congested capital.

“I don’t believe the intention of the city government is to limit demonstrations,” the minister said. “Please make yourself heard, but without disturbing other people’s lives.”

The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) has criticized the regulation, which it says violates the constitution.

The institute’s director, Alghffari Aqsa, has called on the home affairs minister to cancel Basuki’s decree.

LBH Jakarta said two of its activists were beaten by police during a demonstration at the State Palace in Central Jakarta last week, allegedly because the demonstrators had not dispersed by the time the rally was supposed to be over.

The governor himself also denies that he wants to make it harder for people to express their concerns on the city’s streets, but says the decree is in line with law No. 9 from 1998, which addresses demonstrations at the national level.

The new regulation has designated three areas where people can organize demonstrations: at the National Monument (Monas), a parking lot in Senayan and at the House of Representatives, also in Senayan. It also says demonstrations may only last until 6 p.m. and are not allowed on national holidays.

Source: http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/minister-jakarta-not-trying-curb-peoples-right-protest/

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