The demonstrators, who claimed to be high school students from Greater Jakarta, pelted stones at security officers from across the street. Some cars stuck in a heavy traffic jam at the location were also hit in the stone-throwing.
In retaliation, the police fired teargas shells against the agitating students.
Some other police officers took a different approach to disperse the students. They tried to reason with the students and were even ready to pose for selfies with them.
"Don't be afraid," a policeman was heard telling a student as he approached him and embraced him.
The police officers then told the students to go home.
"I was just remembering my son. I felt as if my son was holding the protest," he said.
The students then retreated to Semanggi.
Earlier Tuesday, September 24, thousands of Indonesia's university students in various regions once again took to the streets to protest against the revisions of several laws including on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Criminal Code (KUHP).
In Jakarta, students from various universities, including from the capital city, staged protests in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) Building, demanding that legislators cancel the passage of the controversial bills.
In solidarity with the students in Jakarta, thousands of university students across Indonesia also staged similar protests, including in Solo, Palembang, Medan, Bandung, Garut, Malang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Denpasar, Tarakan, and Palangka Raya. (INE)
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