Protests Against the Omnibus Law and the Evolution of Indonesia’s Social Opposition

by Max Lane

“On October 8, unionised workers as well as university and high school students protested for the repeal of the Omnibus for Work Creation Law (Omnibus Law) that had been passed by Indonesia’s House of Representatives on October 5, 3 days earlier than expected. Some small protests took place immediately on October 5, while the demonstrations on October 8 were much larger – ranging from several hundred to around 15,000 people. They occurred in major cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Jogjakarta, Semarang, Malang, Jambi, Medan, Banda Aceh and Jayapura, and in over 40 towns and cities. In the following days, catch-up actions took place in towns where they had not occurred on October 8, while follow-up actions were seen in the cities. Then on October 20, another major round of protests occurred throughout the country.”
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