Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Workers plan to rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 30, to denounce proposed labor laws. Disruptions likely; clashes possible.

This alert affects Jakarta

This alert began 29 Apr 2020 17:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 17:00 GMT.

  • Event: Labor protest
  • Location(s): Jakarta (map)
  • Date: April 30
  • Impact: Heightened security, localized transport and business disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Multiple labor groups, including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), plan to protest at the House of Representatives and the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in Jakarta April 30 against planned amendments to several labor laws. Organizers claim that thousands of people will participate in the demonstration. The start time of the rally is unclear. Protesters could also march between rally sites, but organizers have not announced a route. Organizers intend to demonstrate despite police denying them a permit due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing restrictions.

Authorities will almost certainly increase security, including roadblocks and security cordons, at the protest locations and surrounding areas April 30. Localized road closures and business disruptions are likely during the rally, especially if the protesters occupy nearby streets, such as Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jalan Gerbang Pemuda, Jalan Senen Raya, and Jalan Wahidin Raya. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces are possible if authorities forcibly disperse workers. Mass arrests of protesters cannot be ruled out.

Background and Analysis
The proposed labor regulations are part of the wider omnibus law, which the government says will improve investment conditions in Indonesia. However, labor groups claim that the regulations will worsen working conditions and make it easier for unskilled foreign labor to enter Indonesia. The groups also claim that policymaking discussions have not involved workers. As many as 30,000 people have reportedly previously participated in related protests in Jakarta.

Advice
Avoid the rally locations and their surrounding areas April 30 due to the potential for clashes. Seek updated information from local contacts on start time of the rally and related disruptions, as protest organizers may not announce details in advance. Plan for localized road closures and business disruptions around the sites. If violence occurs nearby, immediately depart the area and seek shelter in a non-government building. Heed all official security and transport advisories.