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18 Nov 2020 | 02:38 AM UTC

Workers plan protests nationwide November 18-20

Unionized workers across Indonesia plan to hold protests between November 18-20; localized disruptions and heightened security expected around protest sites

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Event

Several labor organizations across Indonesia plan to hold various demonstrations in different parts of the country between Wednesday, November 18, and Friday, November 20. The protests are being held to demand an increase in the minimum wage and to denounce recent amendments to national labor laws. Organizers of some of the events have stated that they expect thousands to participate in the demonstrations. The following protests are planned:

Further rallies are likely at government buildings and other sites across Indonesia in the coming days. The rallies are likely to be accompanied by a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport.

Context

The Omnibus bill was passed into law on October 5, and opponents believe the bill will undermine labor rights in Indonesia and weaken environmental protections in favor of big business. Labor organizations have held protests across the country over recent months in protest against the bill.

Advice

Those in Indonesia are advised to monitor the situation, avoid demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, and heed any instructions issued by local authorities.

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