Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta Regional Police Chief Inspector General M Iriawan has issued a notice regarding rallies planned to be held on November 25 and December 2, 2016.

Based on his notice, the Jakarta Police chief reminded that the agenda of the rallies should not be directed toward treason acts.

Through the notice, he stressed that rally leaders and participants were obliged to abide by the regulations when they express opinions in public.

He said that provisions on rallies are regulated in Law No. 9 Year of 1998 on the Freedom of Expression before the Public, particularly with regard to obligations, bans and sanctions for the ones who express opinions in front of the public.

The police will take a firm action if the expression of opinions or rallies held are not based on regulations and violate the law. The action can be in the form of dispersing the rallies or enforcing the law.

The police, through its notice, also ban demonstrators from bringing sharp weapons, mallets and other objects that could cause dangers. Before expressing opinions in public, they should have notified the police.

Demonstrators are banned from causing public disorders, destroying public facilities, disturbing public traffic and voicing provocative speech that tend to exploit sensitive issues of religious, racial, ethnic and group differences (SARA). Rallies are restricted from 6 am to 6 pm.

The Jakarta police chief also bans demonstrators from committing crimes against the state security, against the president and vice president, and expressing desires to separate from the unitary state of Indonesia.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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