The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), along with the People of Jakarta Forum (FMJ) and laborers are protesting against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama becoming governor of Jakarta this morning. They are marching from the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout to Jakarta City Hall in Central Jakarta.
The number of protesters fell well short of the previously advertised one million protesters who are against Ahok. Only 2,500 FPI and FMJ members, along with around 3,000 laborers, took to the streets to protest.
As such, the Jakarta police have so far deemed it unnecessary to divert traffic in Central Jakarta.
“Traffic diversion depends on the situation [of the protest],” said Head of Jakarta Police Public Relations Department Rikwanto.
If the protest remains peaceful, police will not divert traffic even, though there may be a slight traffic jam as a result of the protest.
One thousand police officers are standing by in the area to prevent any potential violence.