Indonesia police arrest more than 20 as thousands protest against new jobs law

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police arrested 23 protesters in two industrial areas of Java island, using tear gas and water cannon as thousands across the country demonstrated against a new jobs law that critics say weakens worker rights and environmental regulation.

Edy Sumardi, a police spokesman in Banten on Java island, said on Wednesday that 14 demonstrators had been arrested in the province west of Jakarta during protests on Tuesday that continued into the evening.

Another police spokesman, Erdi Adrimulan Chaniago, said a further nine had been arrested in the city of Bandung, West Java. He said authorities would monitor factories and university campuses in case of further demonstrations.

The sweeping new legislation, passed into law by parliament on Monday, has been championed by the government of President Joko Widodo as key to boosting the competitiveness of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, hit hard by the

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Sponsor of ‘Breonna’s Law’ resumes protesting after arrest

The Louisville Jefferson County Democratic Party called for an investigation into Attica Scott’s arrest

After being arrested on Thursday along with a group of demonstrators, Rep. Attica Scott, the lawmaker who introduced a police reform bill known as “Breonna’s Law” was back on the streets with protestors on Friday.

Scott’s proposed bill would require police to use body cameras when serving warrants, as well as knocking and verbally announcing themselves during raids.

After the state attorney general announced Wednesday that no charges would be brought against police for the murder of Breonna Taylor, Rep. Scott joined

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Kentucky lawmaker, sponsor of ‘Breonna’s Law,’ back on protest line after arrest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The state lawmaker behind a police reform bill known as “Breonna’s Law” was back on the streets with protesters Friday after being arrested with a group of demonstrators the previous night.

Rep. Attica Scott, D-Frankfort, joined a few hundred others downtown for the third night of demonstrations after the state attorney general announced Wednesday that no charges would be brought against police for the killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was asleep in her home when officers came to her door.

“Every day this week, the numbers have grown, especially after the unjust arrests this week,” Scott said Friday, referring to the arrests of herself and others. “It’s beautiful, it’s amazing and it’s what we’ve been pushing for months now: love, community and solidarity.”

A protester is detained by Louisville Police officers during a march, at a memorial in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 25, 2020.
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