20 Jakarta bus stops destroyed during protests, IDR55 billion needed for repairs

Officials said 20 bus stops were destroyed during yesterday’s jobs creation law protests in Jakarta, with Governor Anies Baswedan anticipating a huge repair bill to restore the facilities.

Protesters wrecked and set ablaze the TransJakarta bus stops yesterday afternoon and into the evening, among them the bus stops in Central Jakarta’s Hotel Indonesia Roundabout (Bundaran HI), Sentral Senen, and Tosari.

“In total, 20 bus stops were destroyed. We predict that the damages cost IDR55 billion (US$3.7 million),” Anies said while inspecting the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout bus stop this morning.

Other public facilities that were notably damaged during the protests include the office of the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry, police outposts, and an abandoned cinema, the latter of which was also set ablaze.

Hundreds were arrested as protests against the controversial new law escalated into violence throughout Indonesia yesterday, with police quick to claim that they targeted anarchists who took advantage of the tensions to sow unrest. 

On the flip side of the coin, rights activists have decried and demanded for police accountability over what they described as instances of brutality against the protesters. Some victims of excessive police force, rights groups say, include students and journalists.

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