Thousands of protesters set fire to barricades and police posts in the Indonesian capital Thursday 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 deployed Thursday to block access to government buildings in central Jakarta failed to stop protesters from making their way to the heart of the capital.
The protesters set fire to barricades and torched several bus stops and police traffic posts.
Police had banned the protests on the grounds it could spread the coronavirus. At least 300,000 people have been infected in