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'Sewer rats' enliven May Day rally in Jakarta
Liputan 6 - May 1, 2017
The rodents were not real animals but ordainments brought by protesters from the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance (KASBI) to commemorate this year's May Day.
"They're symbols of corrupt Indonesian officials. They have no concern for the plight of the ordinary people, particularly the lower class such as us (workers)", said one of the participants during a march to the House Statue in Central Jakarta.
The rats were attached to different countries on a miniature globe. The largest number of rats resided on the map of Indonesia.
A minor scuffle broke out between a line of workers and police after police asked workers not to give speeches in front of a police car that was non guard. The scuffle was able to be brought under control following mediations with police and the workers continued giving speeches.
Meanwhile a female worker named Ani fell over during the march. Seeing her fall, her colleagues immediately carried her to the side of the road after which she was evacuated by a KASBI vehicle used as a mobile medical unit. (Liputan6.com/Rahman Naufal & Arief Kamaluddin)
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was "'Tikus-Tikus' Ramaikan Peringatan Hari Buruh di Jakarta".]
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