TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian workers’ union suspected the mass rally in Jakarta and across the nation in commemorating the International Workers’ Day or May Day was infiltrated by members of anarchy groups.
“Our groups in Bandung clashed with an anarchy group that infiltrated us. The same was seen happening in Bundaran HI,” said Andi Gani Nena Wea, President of the Confederation of All-Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI) at the Jakarta Metro Police headquarters on Wednesday.
Andi said he received a number of reports of May Day rallies this year that turned chaotic such as in Bandung, where a group of people dressed in all-black clothes joined the workers.
“Events as these are not isolated to this year’s May Day, last year I clashed with similar groups while rallying near the horse statue [in Jakarta],” said Andi Gani.
He urged police personnel to handle this issue before any members of the workers’ union get blamed in future May Day rallies caused by the actions of the anarchy groups.