West Jakarta residents continue staging rally ahead of eviction

West Jakarta residents continue staging rally ahead of eviction
Jakarta | Thu, February 8, 2018 | 07:03 pm

Kapuk Poglar residents in West Jakarta staged a rally on Thursday against a Jakarta Police plan to build a police boarding house on their land. (Warta Kota/Panji Baskhara Ramadhan)

Hundreds of residents of Kapuk Poglar in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, staged a rally on Thursday to protest a plan to evict them from their homes to make way for a police boarding house.

The residents also assembled in front of City Hall two days ago and demanded that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan cancel the police’s plan.

Wartakota.tribunnews.com reported some residents were crying during the protest because they have lived in the area for years.

Cengkareng Police chief Comr. Agung B Leksono said the protest was peaceful.

“I guarantee that it will remain safe. None of the residents resorted to violence,” Agung added.

Previously, the residents demanded that Anies should give them legal protection after their effort to meet him on April 26 last year and Feb. 5 proved futile.

Anies refused to meet with them on both days because he did not have authority on the matter.

The Jakarta Police plans to evict residents of Kapuk Poglar, claiming that the process is allowed under a land rights certificate they held.

However, residents have occupied the land since the 1970s, before the certificate was issued.

The eviction will leave 166 families homeless.

The police have summoned 125 residents who allegedly occupied the land without permission. (cal)

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