“The number of personnel, which has reached 6,394, will likely increase. (The personnel) we will field are a joint team of personnel from the military, the police, and the regional government,” chief of the public information division of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police, Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus, said at the police headquarters on Friday.
The personnel will be stationed in several areas where workers gather, he informed.
He said the police have received a letter of notification from a number of workers’ organizations who are planning to stage a rally near the Arjuna Wiwah statue, in front of the Constitutional Court (MK) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Office in Central Jakarta.
The workers who plan to gather for May Day events have been asked to remain disciplined in following the health protocols, he added.
“We have called on them to follow the health protocols. We have health regulations. We will take firm measures if they violate the health protocols,” he continued.
Several labor organizations appear to have applied for antigen rapid tests for members taking part in the rally, he added.
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have set up a medical team to conduct the tests in the areas where workers are scheduled to assemble.
“Participants who test negative (for COVID-19) will be allowed to join the rally, while participants who test positive will be referred to the COVID-19 emergency hospital,” Yunus said.
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