Hundreds remain unaccounted for after jobs law protests

first_imgSome 208 people remain unaccounted for following mass demonstrations against the controversial Job Creation Law last week, which resulted in the arrest of more than 1,000 protesters in the capital city.According to data obtained by a coalition of civil society groups called the Democracy Advocacy Team, 524 people had been reported missing or arrested as of Tuesday afternoon.Of the figure, 316 people had been released, while the whereabouts of the remaining 208 people were unknown, said Muhammad Afif Abdul Qoyim, a member of the team and the director of the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat). “We are still updating the data since we are still receiving reports through our hotline and our field team,” Afif told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The Jakarta Police previously said they had arrested at least 1,192 protesters during the rallies in the capital on Oct. 8, most of whom were high school students who, the police claimed, “came to deliberately incite riots”.Afif said the team could not yet confirm whether the 524 reported people were included in the Jakarta Police figure.“We are still not sure because the Jakarta Police have not given us much information about the names of the detainees, the processing of their arrests, where they are being detained or what charges that they are up against,” Afif said. Read also: Hundreds arrested in Jakarta as clashes break out in protests against jobs lawThe advocacy team had difficulty contacting detainees and instead had to rely on reaching out to them through their relatives and friends, based on the reports and data collected by the team.“This is the same pattern that we faced in September of last year. The police did not reveal the names [of the detainees] immediately. They only did so a few days after the arrests,” Afif added.From Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, 2019, activists and university students staged a series of protests in front of the House of Representatives in opposition to a number of controversial bills that the House was discussing at the time.According to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the police arrested 1,489 people during protests in Jakarta and named 380 of them suspects for crimes.Although some of the detainees from last week’s protests have been released, Afif reminded the police on Tuesday that they should follow proper legal procedures from the initial arrest to the naming of a suspect.“[The police should act] based on valid information and adequate information. They cannot do anything harshly, especially during a situation in which people are voicing their opinions in public,” he said.Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus was not immediately available for comment when the Post contacted him on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Cowboys coaching rumors: Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis to meet with Dallas; Jason Garrett’s status still in limbo

first_imgAdd another layer of intrigue (or confusion) to the Cowboys’ coaching drama.According to reports by Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, respectively, Dallas is meeting former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, all why incumbent Jason Garrett’s status remains in limbo. Sources: Former #Packers coach Mike McCarthy is headed to Dallas to speak with the #Cowboys. The team has not announced anything on coach Jason Garrett, though they are expected to move on from him and are laying the groundwork for a search.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2020Cowboys are also meeting with former Bengals’ HC Marvin Lewis today, per @toddarcher. So Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis both today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2020MORE: Will Cowboys fire Jason Garrett?Lewis was fired by Cincinnati in December 2018 after 16 seasons in which he went 131-122 and 0-7 in playoff games. McCarthy was fired by Green Bay in December 2018 as well. His dismissal from the team — which he coached to a 125-77-2 record — was not without controversy, prompting him to say, “It couldn’t have been handled any worse.” His Packers teams made the playoffs in nine of his 12 seasons, four times making the NFC championship game and once winning the Super Bowl. The Cowboys are quickly approaching a similar status in their coaching debacle. ESPN reported on Friday that the organization would “move on without” Garrett as its head coach, though the team quickly refuted that by saying there was “no official news” on his job status.The Cowboys entered Week 17 of the season with an outside chance of making the playoffs as a wild card in the NFC, but needed both a victory over the Redskins and a loss by division rival Philadelphia. The Cowboys beat Washington 47-16 to close the season at 8-8, but a 34-17 Eagles win over the Giants netted them the final playoff spot, leaving Dallas out in the cold.That was the latest setback of Garrett’s tenure, which has seen him coach the Cowboys to an 85-67 record since taking over midway through the 2010 season.last_img read more

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