Protesters staging a demonstration on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Central Jakarta on Friday, destroyed tall fences in front of the House of Representatives compound and threatened to attack the building should lawmakers approve the government’s proposal to increase subsidized fuel prices today.
Despite successfully destroying the fences, however, protesters failed to enter the building as police formed a heavy cordon just outside the building, preventing them from doing so.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Cmr Rikwanto told The Jakarta Post that the protesters should disperse, citing the fact that the police had only given the protesters a permit to stage a rally until 5 p.m.
"However, we won't start anything that can provoke further violence. Our negotiation team is working to calm and disband them," he said on Friday.
"Perhaps the protesters will lose their patience and feel aggrieved because of the indecisiveness [of lawmakers] inside the building," he added. (iwa/sat)