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‘May Day’ 2012 Celebrated with Little Fanfare But Heavy Security in Bali


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Denpasar, Renon, security, May Day, Wayan Sunartha, Manpower Office, demonstrations
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(5/4/2012)

While thousands marched around the globe in solidarity for “May Day” on May 1, 2012, the day dedicated to the working man and woman was celebrated with somewhat less fanfare in Bali.

While thousands marched in other parts of Indonesia, “May Day” marches in Bali attracted only around 30 demonstrators.

Kompas.com covered the “May Day” protests that were held in front of the office of Bali’s governor in Renon, Denpasar. The head of the Denpasar police precinct, I Wayan Sunartha, told the press, “Based on reports we have received from Bali’s provincial capital, the demonstration attracted about 30 people.”

The 30 protestors, proclaiming themselves as “United for the People’s Independence” (Perkasa), demanded the right to work, sufficient living conditions and human rights.

While the demonstrator numbered only 30, the police personnel deployed at the location to maintain the peace reached 300,a contingent that brought along a range of anti-riot equipment, including a water canon.

Sunartha said the security procedures were in keeping plans to monitor the peace on “May Day.” In fact, he revealed that the number of officers on stand-by totaled 500 across Bali.

Police forces were stationed at a number of critical points including Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, the Manpower Office and other areas in the downtown Denpasar district of Renon.


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