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More than 40,000 join protests
Jakarta Post - March 27, 2012
"We have received reports on the number of protesters in the country today. So far, it has reached 40,800. The number can increase or decrease as the day goes on. In Jakarta alone, the confirmed number is 8,000," National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said Tuesday.
He said 127 demonstrations were scheduled for today, out of which 21 demonstrations would take place in the capital, 24 in East Java, 18 in West Java, nine in South Sulawesi and eight in North Sumatra.
"The protesters will come from various backgrounds. They will include supporters of political parties, university students, worker union members, fishermen and many more," Saud told The Jakarta Post via telephone.
To support police personnel charged with maintaining security, Indonesian Military officers would be standing guard as planned. They would be protecting vital areas, such as the State Palace, he added.
According to Saud, in Bandung, West Java, the local police are tightening security at the Gedung Sate gubernatorial office and the Regional House of Representatives compound.
In Medan, following yesterday's occupation of the Polonia airport by protesters, the police are intensifying security measures. "We recommend that passengers use the airport's side entrance to avoid being stuck in the protesters' rally," Saud said. (tas)