Workers mark Obama visit with protest against labour law revisions
Reject Labor Law No.13 2003 Revision, SBY-Boediono Regime Capitalist
Metrotvnews.com - November 10, 2010
Jakarta -- Several moments before the arrival of US President Barack Obama inJakarta on the afternoon of Wednesday November 10, thousands of workers held aprotest action demanding the cancellation of planned revisions to Law Number13/2003 on Labour, which they say will harm workers.
During the action, the workers "occupied" Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in CentralJakarta and as a consequence, traffic heading north from the Hotel Indonesiatraffic circle to Harmoni was brought to a complete standstill.
Several demonstrators also forced Transjakarta busses coming from Harmoni in thedirection of Sudirman to stop in order to attract the attention of officials, sopolice would open access to the road in front of the State Palace. This createdtensions between the workers and police.After maintaining their position for several hours along a stretch of Jl. MedanMerdeka Barat, police finally opened access to the road and allowed thedemonstrators to protest in front of the Palace.
During the action, the demonstrators demanded that the revisions to the labourlaw be cancelled because it will inflict severe financial harm to the workingclass, which is still not prosperous. Before ending the action, the protestersset fire to a coffin to symbolise the death of workers' future. (RIE)