"Of the total 400 personnel from the Military and Police Forces, 200 (are deployed) around the US Embassy and the rest around the UN Offices in the MH Thamrin area," Operational Chief of the South Jakarta Police, Police Grand Commissioner Attendant (AKBP) Guntur Muhammad Thariq stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Some 50 to 100 people in each area are expected to partake in the peaceful rally, organized by the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, according to the Confederation's President, Sad Iqbal, during a virtual press conference on Sunday (May 16).
Iqbal remarked that a series of rallies, held in solidarity with Palestine, were planned to be conducted in 200 cities and districts and 24 provinces on Tuesday.
Apart from the two locations in Jakarta, rallies were also to be conducted in front of government buildings in West Java, Central Java, East Java, Yogyakarta, Lampung, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, Aceh South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, and Maluku.
The Confederation is holding the rally to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protest against military strikes conducted by Israel on Palestinian civilians and the Israeli aggression against Palestinian Muslims at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
"I condemn the tragedy of humanity, the air strikes against Palestinians. Children were killed. In the law of war, killing children and women are considered war crimes," he affirmed.
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