Workers, students in Indonesia protest fuel price hike

Jakarta, Indonesia (Rp. Tuesday, hundreds of workers and students in Indonesia took to the streets to demand that the government stop raising fuel prices.

This is a politically sensitive issue that has caused unrest in the past. Members of labour unions, farmers, fishermen, temporary teachers,

and domestic workers demonstrated against the 30% fuel price rise proposed by President Joko Widodo on Saturday in front of the parliament building in Jakarta and province governors' offices

As a result of rising global oil and gas prices, the country's energy subsidies tripled this year to 502 trillion rupiah (about $34 billion) from its original budget.

The president of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, Said Iqbal, said that the marchers wanted the minimum wage to go up the next year.

He stated that the protests in Jakarta and twenty-five provinces were just the beginning and would continue until December. Workers are contemplating a

national strike if their demands are not met.   The price of gasoline increased from approximately 51 cents to 67 cents per litre, while diesel fuel increased from 35 cents to 46 cents.

Dozens of students demonstrated in Makassar, South Sulawesi's provincial capital, on Monday and Tuesday,

claiming that the hike will disproportionately affect those who have not yet fully recovered from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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