50 Students Missing after Protest at DPR: LBH Jakarta

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) received reports, since early Wednesday, September 25, that the whereabouts of around 50 students were unknown following the demonstration at the parliament (DPR) building turned to riot.

    "Some said their friends were arrested, some are not yet coming back, they are worried as the police sweep all over the places," said LBH Jakarta chief Arief Zulkifli at his office in Jakarta, Wednesday, September 25.

    He said, according to the report, 26 students from Singaperbangsa University in Karawang were arrested by the police in Palmerah, West Jakarta. Six students of Jenderal Ahmad Yani University were also allegedly arrested in Palmerah and two of Padjajaran University students were arrested at McDonald's.

    Meanwhile, four students from State Islamic University Jakarta, two from Jakarta Art Insitute, and five from Yarsi University were also arrested. Arif said his institution also received reports from more universities in which the number was not yet known.

    Arief suspected that the students were arrested by the police when the clash broke last night, saying that his side had visited Jakarta Metro Police and West Jakarta Police to match the data.

    He hoped that the police will not conduct an examination to the students without legal assistance. Arif also urged the police to give access to the students for legal assistance.

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