Police on Calls for 'Jokowi End Game' Rally: Hospitals, Cemeteries Are Full

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  • Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus brief the media on the additional checkpoints in the Emergency Public Activity Restrictions (Emergency PPKM) at the Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Management Center, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus brief the media on the additional checkpoints in the Emergency Public Activity Restrictions (Emergency PPKM) at the Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Management Center, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Metro Police responded to the distribution of a poster calling for a demonstration entitled Jokowi End Game that will be held tomorrow, July 24, 2021. Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus appealed to the public to refrain from participating in the demonstration.

    On the poster, online ojek drivers and people in general were asked to gather for a rally against the enforcement of the public activity restrictions or PPKM. Yusri asserted that the calls could attract crowds and continue to increase the number of COVID-19 transmissions in the capital.

    “Do you want this PPKM to be extended again? While the community hopes for the policy relaxation,” said Yusri in the Jakarta Metro Police HQ, South Jakarta, Friday, July 23.

    Instead of staging a street protest, online ojek drivers and others could come to the police headquarters to convey their inputs, which Yusri considered as the wisest action to make at this time.

    Besides, the police have not received a notification letter regarding the planned action. “How can we relax [the restrictions] if crowds still occur? [We should be concerned] that hospitals and cemeteries have already been full,” Yusri said.

    The mastermind behind the Jokowi End Game demonstration remains unclear at present. However, the poster displayed logos of several online ojek applicators, students’ alliances, and trade unions as participants. 

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    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH