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94 students arrested in Indonesia's new law protests
94 students arrested in Indonesia's new law protests
DAILYNEWS JAKARTA: Indonesian students' demonstrations are entering its third day, today to protest new laws, including a criminal penal code that will punish punishment for adultery and insulting the president.
Police released tear gas and water cannons to disperse protests in Jakarta and other cities yesterday.
Jakarta police chief Gatot Eddy Pramono said 265 students and 39 policemen were injured today.
Pramono said as many as 94 people were detained in Jakarta during the night riot. Some of them were detained with gasoline bombs.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday suspended Parliament's vote on a new criminal law that would replace Dutch colonial rule, saying it would need to discuss the bill next month.
The amendments to the law also included several punishments of adultery, contempt of president, four-year prison term for miscarriage without medical emergency or rape and imprisonment for witchcraft.
Pramono said police were investigating the role of non-student groups in the protest, but declined to elaborate.
"If they are proven to be the cause of damage to either the car, the fence, the public and the security forces, we will take firm action against them and initiate the legal process," he said, referring to fencing damage around parliament.
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