Polda Metro Jaya has prepared safeguards to control the rally taking place in front of the National Palace this afternoon.
There are thousands of army and police personnel taking charge of security matters.
“As many as 1,500 personnel have been prepared. We urge protesters to not commit anarchistic action, but to be peaceful and obey the commands of officers in the field,” said Head of Public Relations of Polda Metro Jaya, Kombes Pol Argo Yuwono.
The Indonesian Student Executive agency (BEM SI) plans to conduct rallies in front of the national palace today at 1pm. Mass demonstrators are planning to gather at the horse statue of Arjuna Wiwaha, Central Jakarta, then walk up to the national palace. This rally is being held to urge the President to immediately issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
BEM SI previously said that they will not conduct any rallies during the inauguration of Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin as the elected President and Vice President, which took place Sunday 20th October 2019, because they respected the procession and didn’t wish to cause any inconvenience.
“The inauguration of the new government is an important moment to change the direction of the nation and the result of the democratic process, which we are obliged to respect together,” said the coordinator of the Centre of BEM Authority, Muhammad Nurdiyansyah.
National Police Chief Tito Karnavian previously said Polda Metro Jaya would re-publish a notice of receipt (STTP) to the party who wanted to rally protests after the inauguration of the President and Vice president. STTP will be issued if anyone wants to protest on Monday 21st October.
“The demonstration is protected by legislation. Demonstrations or submissions can be done as long as they do not lead to violent riots,” he said.
BEM SI Action Coordinator, Erfan Kurniawan, remarked that BEM SI estimates up to 1,000 students will be participating in the rally on Monday however, the amount attending is likely to be reduced since police personnel prohibits students around the universities.