There have been demonstrations in Indonesia in recent days against government plans to increase the price of subsidised fuel almost a third on April 1. More unrest is predicted.
On March 21 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, three police officers were injured and 37 students arrested following a clash that broke out after students threw rocks at the officers in front of the North Sumatra Regional Council building. The demonstrators in Makassar also looted fuel and handed it out free of charge.
There was a rally of thousands of people, including many trade unions, in Jakarta on the same day.
On March 22 in Medan, North Sumatra, a government operational vehicle was destroyed at a demonstration.
Since Monday March 26 thousands of people have been occupying the airport in Polonia Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, forcing some airlines to delay flights.
As of March 24, 117 people had been arrested across various demonstrations. Further unrest is predicted.
8000 soldiers will join at least 8000 police on the streets of Jakarta to help police with a planned demonstration in Tuesday March 27. A coalition of organisations said it was planning to bring 2.5 million people to the capital to demonstrate.
A joint task force of 3,177 personnel from the police, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and public order officers is being prepared to ensure security when the fuel price hike is introduced next month. Personnel would be stationed at vital facilities throughout the province, such as the governor’s office, filling stations, Polonia Airport and even at toll booths
The State oil and gas company Pertamina announced that it would empty some of its filling stations nationwide on April 1 to anticipate any potential attacks from protesters who stand against the upcoming fuel price hike.