JAKARTA: Protesters set fires to police posts, metro stations and barricades in Jakarta on Thursday (Oct 8) night as opposition mounted to a controversial new investment law critics say will harm labour rights and the environment.
Tens of thousands of people have protested in cities across the archipelago since Monday’s passing of the Bill, which seeks to attract foreign investment by cutting red tape around taxation, labour and environment regulations.
Labour activists and green groups have slammed the legislation, however, with Amnesty International saying it is “catastrophic” for workers.
Nearly 13,000 police officers were deployed on Thursday to block access to government buildings in central Jakarta failed to stop protesters from making their way to the heart of the capital.
Tear gas was fired near the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon, with clashes erupting at around 2pm.
Some protesters burned tyres, vandalised bus stops and dismantled