Indonesia: Massive Protest Against Fuel Price Increase

A number of student organizations took to the streets to protest in front of the House of Representatives and the People’s Consultative Assembly.

Indonesian President Jokowi officially raised the price of subsidized fuel (BBM) for pertalite, diesel and pertamax, on Saturday, September 3, even though he previously promised not to increase fuel price until the end of the year.

With this increase, the price of pertalite rose from IDR 7,650 (US$ 0.51) per liter to IDR 10,000 (US$ 0.67) per liter, diesel from IDR 5,150 (US$ 0.35) per liter to IDR 6,800 (US$ 0.46) per liter, and Pertamax from Rp. 12,000 (US$ 0.81) to IDR 14,500 (US$ 0.97) per liter.

Responding to the increase, a big segment of society, including students, went to the streets to protest.  Large groups from the Millennial Student Alliance, Islamic Student Association (HMI) and the Indonesian National Student Movement (GMNI) protested in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI). 

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