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Agustinus Beo Da Costa

Indonesia police fire tear gas as rallies over new laws turn violent

01 Oct 2019

JAKARTA Indonesian police fired tear gas in several areas of Jakarta on Monday as a protest against legal reforms descended into running battles, causing traffic gridlock and chaotic scenes in parts of the central business district.

Police fire water cannon as Indonesians rally against new laws

25 Sep 2019

JAKARTA Indonesian police fired water cannon and tear gas to break up protests on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalises adultery and revised laws on corruption.

Thousands rally against Indonesian bill to ban extra-marital sex

23 Sep 2019

JAKARTA Thousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how to proceed with a bill that has divided Indonesians.

Indonesia postpones vote on bill criminalizing sex outside marriage

20 Sep 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's president ordered parliament on Friday to delay voting on a bill to criminalise extra-marital and gay sex, amid protests and criticism from rights groups and after major tourist market Australia warned its citizens about the plan.

Indonesia revises law to put checks on anti-graft agency, sparks protests

17 Sep 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's parliament on Tuesday approved changes to a law governing the country's anti-corruption agency, sparking alarm among activists who say revisions that include curbing its freedom to wiretap suspects will hurt the fight against graft.

Indonesia unveils site of new capital on Borneo island

26 Aug 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia on Monday revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea.

Indonesia president urges calm after violent protests in Papua cities

19 Aug 2019

JAKARTA Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday sought to ease tension after violent protests in several cities in Papua in response to claims of racist abuse and physical mistreatment of students from the country's easternmost region.

Indonesia president proposes to move capital to Borneo

16 Aug 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's president on Friday proposed to move the capital from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city of 10 million people, to the island of Borneo, though he left Indonesians guessing as to the exact location.

Indonesia president threatens to sack fire fighters if forest blazes not tackled

06 Aug 2019

JAKARTA Indonesian President Joko Widodo threatened on Tuesday to sack military and police officers fighting forest fires if they fail to extinguish the flames. He also promised government funds for high-tech equipment like drones to help tackle the blazes.

Indonesia president bashes state power company over blackouts

05 Aug 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's state power company PLN should have had plans in place to prevent a major electricity blackout that affected 21 million customers in Jakarta and neighbouring provinces, President Joko Widodo said on Monday.

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