Indonesia: Demonstrators arrested & injured during protest against new law that excludes trade unions from minimum wage setting process
25 demonstrators were arrested and many were injured when 35,000 people took to the streets of Jakarta to protest against a new regulation that excludes trade unions from the minimum wage setting process. On 30 October, an estimated 35,000 people rallied in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta to voice their discontent with the new system, which leaves workers with no influence in setting the minimum wage. Police used water canons and tear gas to try and disperse the crowds. Some of the workers who refused to abandon the peaceful demonstration were dragged into police cars and beaten.