Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Workers to rally at City Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 21, to oppose government's COVID-19 restrictions. Disruptions likely.

  • Alert Begins: 20 Jul 2020 08:00 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 21 Jul 2020 06:00 PM UTC
  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): City Hall, Jakarta (map)
  • Date: July 21
  • Impact: Heightened security, localized transport and business disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Unionized workers employed in the night entertainment industry plan to demonstrate outside City Hall in Jakarta July 21 to oppose the local government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. The start time of the demonstration is unclear. Employees claim that the measures, which ban entertainment venues like night clubs from reopening, have severely affected their incomes. The protest location is near other government buildings and key sites, such as the religious affairs and tourism ministries and the American and Japanese embassies. Organizers claim that at least 500 people will participate in the rally.

Authorities will likely increase security, including erecting roadblocks and security cordons at City Hall and the surrounding area July 21. Localized road closures and business disruptions are likely during the rally, especially if the protesters occupy nearby streets, such as Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan and Jalan MH Thamrin. Clashes are possible if authorities forcibly disperse the protesters. Mass arrests may occur if security forces consider the demonstration to be in breach of COVID-19 restrictions.

Advice
Avoid City Hall and surrounding area, July 21, due to potential clashes. Plan for localized road closures and business disruptions around the site. If violence occurs nearby, immediately depart the area and seek shelter in a non-government building. Heed all official security and transport advisories.


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