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Thousands Protest Indonesia’s Fuel Price Hike in Test For Jokowi

  • Trade unions and university students rally against government
  • Fuel prices raised by more than 30% to control subsidy bill
Students rally against fuel price hikes in Jakarta.
Students rally against fuel price hikes in Jakarta.Photographer: Tatan Syuflana/AP Photo

Thousands of people protested across Indonesia with crowds converging in the capital to pressure the government to reverse a decision that raised fuel prices by more than 30% in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. 

Trade unions are leading the charge in the archipelago, arguing the price hike will reduce purchasing power at a time of rising inflation and stagnant wages. There was a heavy police presence in Jakarta and one group of protesters gathered in front of parliament waving banners.