Student protesters shout slogan during a protest outside the parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday. Achmad Ibrahim/ AP
More than 80 students in Indonesia’s capital are being treated at a hospital after clashing with police during protests sparked by a new law that critics say cripples the country’s anti-corruption agency.
Officials at Jakarta’s Pertamina Hospital said on Wednesday that the injuries included broken bones, head wounds and respiratory problems due to tear gas.
The protests outside Parliament were dispersed just before midnight after descending into violence. By Wednesday morning, city officers were cleaning up rocks, plastic bottles, banners and other debris from the protest.
Other demonstrations were held in cities around the country.
Several student groups vowed to return to the streets Wednesday and do so until the new law is revoked.
The House speaker has called on the students to stop protesting and invited them for dialogue.
Protesters in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua set fire to tyres and torched a local parliament building on Monday after a demonstration against the recent detention of scores of Papuan students,
Tens of thousands of security personnel fanned out across Jakarta on Friday as a court heard a defeated presidential challenger’s claim that Indonesia’s 2019 election was rigged — allegations that spawned deadly rioting last month.
Indonesia’s economy expanded more slowly than expected in the first quarter of this year, as investment dropped ahead of elections and campaign spending failed to sustain growth momentum. Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew 5.07 per cent in January-March from a year earlier,
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