Laborers March, Roads Closed

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - As many as 6,000 laborers held a massive wave of protest at the Hotel Indonesia Boulevard, Jakarta. They were marching to the Presidential Palace at Jalan Merdeka Utara.

    The laborers have flocked the streets starting from Semanggi to Sudirman. Senior Commissioner M. Chairul, Chief of Operation Bureau at the Jakarta Metro Police, suggested people to avoid the streets surrounding the march route. "We are so sorry for the inconvenience," he said.

    Commissioner Chairul mentioned that the laborers have secured a permit to march until 6 pm local time in the afternoon today, September 5. The laborers demanded a nationwide wage raise of 50 percent and a minimum regional wage of Rp 3,7 million for Jakarta. They also demanded their rights of health insurance and the promotion of outsourcing workers to permanent employees.