Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia – Protests Continue
Since September 24, political demonstrations have occurred in various cities Indonesia-wide. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue. Most of the protests have been organized outside of government buildings, but some have spilled over into residential, public, and retail areas.
While these protests have generally been peaceful, there have been confrontations between protest groups and the police. Most of the violence has taken place during the nighttime. Protesters have set fires and thrown Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and rocks. Police have responded with crowd control measures such as tear gas and water cannons.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Be aware of your surroundings; keep a low profile.
- Stay current with media coverage of local events.
- Carry a cell phone with you.
- Be advised that foreigners joining protests in Indonesia may be arrested and/or deported.
U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
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