(Bloomberg) — Indonesia’s police detained thousands of protesters against the newly passed omnibus law, according to state news agency Antara, amid concern the gatherings could worsen the virus outbreak.
Students and workers held strikes and demonstrations across the country this week to reject the new law aimed at cutting red tape to boost investments, saying the bill would erode labor rights and environmental protection. President Joko Widodo defended the bill, saying the protests were fueled by “disinformation.”
Protestors throw rocks at a burning bus station in the city center in Jakarta, Indonesia on Oct. 8.
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Of the 3,862 people detained, 145 tested positive for the coronavirus, Antara reported, citing police spokesman Argo Yuwono.
The world’s fourth-most populous country is still struggling to contain