Monas Explosion; Palace Says Investors Not Concerned

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  • Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman gestures as he arrives at the Presidential Palace Complex in Jakarta, Tuesday, October 22, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman gestures as he arrives at the Presidential Palace Complex in Jakarta, Tuesday, October 22, 2019. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The president's spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said that investors are not concerned over the explosion at Monas this morning, December 3. He said that it was only a small incident that is now being investigated by the police.

    "No, it is just a small incident. We are leaving it to the police to solve," Fadjroel said in Jakarta, Tuesday, December 3.

    He also said that, after the explosion, the Palace was fine. At 09:30, he said, President Joko Widodo or Jokowi received the Minister of Research and Technology/Chief of the National Research and Innovation Agency, followed by a meeting with the chancellor of the University of Indonesia at 10:00.

    "At noon there was also a meeting with guests from Japan. At 14:00 there was a presidential lecture, and it was not disturbed at all. Palace security is also not heightened," he said.

    Based on information from various sources, the explosion at Monas is suspected to have come from a smoke grenade. The explosion injured two TNI members who were exercising in a park opposite the Home Affairs Ministry building.

    The police have closed off the area for investigative purposes. Barriers are also placed at the Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur street bound for Merdeka Utara, where the Presidential Palace is located.

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