Security Alert – Demonstrations in Indonesia, U.S. Embassy Jakarta

Location:  Indonesia

Event:  In recent days, demonstrators from labor unions and other groups have protested the recent passage of an omnibus bill on job creation. Further demonstrations are expected in central Jakarta as well as in Medan. Although we are not aware of further scheduled protests in Surabaya and Denpasar at this time, protests can and do occur spontaneously and even those intended to be peaceful can become violent.  Expect road closures and significant traffic disruptions in areas where demonstrations occur. 

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations or political rallies are occurring and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering.
  • Stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and practice personal security awareness at all times.
  • Be advised that foreigners who join protests in Indonesia may be arrested and/or deported.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
  • Follow the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya on Twitter and Facebook and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Twitter and Facebook.

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