Indonesia police fire tear gas at protesters in Jakarta - Reuters witness

by Reuters
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:35 GMT

A traditional drink vendor reacts as she passes a burned police station a day after a protest against the government's controversial jobs creation law which ended up with clashes between the demonstrators and riot police near the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

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The law has sparked outcry in Indonesia, with protesters saying it undermines labour rights and weakens environmental protections

JAKARTA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Indonesian police fired tear gas on Tuesday in am effort to disperse demonstrators in central Jakarta, a Reuters witness said, amid a second week of protests over a controversial new labour law.

The demonstrators are demanding that the law, designed to attract investors and cut bureaucracy, be repealed and say it threatens labour rights and favours big business.

Protests took place in multiple locations involving thousands of Indonesians last week, some of which saw streets tyres burned and rocks hurled, leading to several thousand people being held.

(Reporting by Jakarta bureau; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Louise Heavens)