Violence breaks out as protesters clash with police over Indonesia’s controversial new labour law

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Published on October 8, 2020 by

Thousands of protesters set fire to barricades and police posts in the Indonesian capital as opposition mounted to a controversial new investment law critics say will harm labour rights and the environment.

Tens of thousands of people have protested in cities across the archipelago since Monday’s passing of the bill, which seeks to attract foreign investment by cutting red tape around taxation, labour and environment regulations.

Labour activists and green groups have slammed the legislation, however, with Amnesty International saying it is “catastrophic” for workers.

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