Police Posts Torched in Uprising against Omnibus Law in Indonesia

Published October 10, 2020

Police Posts Torched in Uprising against Omnibus Law in Indonesia

Militants set fires to police posts, metro stations and barricades in Jakarta on Thursday night in an uprising against the neoliberal Omnibus law, which would create even greater inequality and destruction of the environment.

Tens of thousands of people have participated in the uprising in cities across Indonesia since Monday’s passing of the neoliberal Omnibus law, which serves the interests of wealthy capitalists at the expense of workers and the environment.

Some militants burned tires, vandalised bus stops and dismantled partitions of a construction site, while others smashed bricks and concretes into smaller pieces to be hurled at the police. Revolutionaries also attacked police with Molotovs.

Black smoke rose across the capital late Thursday afternoon and into the night, with combatants burning public transport facilities, destroying government buildings and torching police posts.

Militants also clashed with police in Makassar, Medan, Malang and Yogyakarta.

The Omnibus law scraps the regulations on the minimum wage, allowing companies to determine wages arbitrarily.

Anarchists have been active participants in the uprising, with circle-a’s graffitied on torched police posts and held on banners and flags by combatants in the streets.

Hackers blocked access to parliament’s website and changed its name to “Council of Traitors.”

They also created an account on the Indonesia e-commerce platform Tokopedia and put parliament “on sale” for a pittance.