Indonesia: students met wit water cannon, arrestEvent
- Initial Date
- Sep 8, 2022
- Event Description
Demonstrations carried out by students at the South Sumatra Provincial DPRD were forcibly dispersed. It was observed in the field that mass demonstrations carried out burning tires at the Simpang Lima DPRD of South Sumatra Province.
Before burning tires, the police had fired tear gas or water cannon at the crowd to disperse the demonstrators.
Conditions began to heat up when the protesters were not allowed to enter by the police. Therefore, the students and KSBSI tried to break through, so the police were forced to fire water cannons, triggering a riot.
Dozens of Bhabinkamtibmas personnel were dispatched directly to the crowd to reduce tension. However, it was unavoidable that the mass action and the police officers would push and push. In fact, two units of officers' tactical vehicles sprayed water towards the crowd.
A number of students were detained by officers for allegedly carrying out provocative actions by forcibly opening barbed wire that was installed as a barrier between demonstrators and the police.
The officers even fired tear gas several times at the protesters.
In addition, members of the South Sumatra Police Mobile Brigade and Ditsamapta South Sumatra Police continued to press forward to disperse the demonstrators.
Several times the demonstrators also retaliated against the police by throwing bottles of mineral water and boulders.
Until now, officers are still on guard at the Simpang Lima area of the South Sumatra Provincial DPRD while urging demonstrators to disperse.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of expression
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 8 September 2022, a number of students were met with water cannons and teargas fired by the police, and some were arrested when staging a protest in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia.