TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The access to Tanah Abang Market up to Slipi, West Jakarta, is currently inaccessible following the clash between a group of people participating in the May 22 rally and police personnel earlier at dawn in the Petamburan area in Central Jakarta.
The mob consisting of mostly local residents constantly attacked authorities with stones that were responded by police personnel blasting teargasses aimed at where the mob was concentrated.
Facing this retaliation, the mob retreated up to the Jati Baru Raya Street where they set up a blockade and also burned numerous items such as tires and household trash.
Chants enticing to not retreat and fight police personnel were heard from the crowd.
The clash between the two first started at dawn just after the sahur. According to a local resident Andika, this clash is a continuation from the clash the night before after a member of the crowd was allegedly shot.
Up until the publication of this news, the clash between police and the fierce mob continues to take place and has spread up to Jati Baru Raya Street in Tanah Abang that leads to the Hotel Millenium.
M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH