Of Demonstrations and Protests in Jakarta

So I was supposed to meet Cindee and Helena for some gold hunting today. Cindee wanted to custom make a gold bracelet for her daughter-in-law and Helena had a good contact. I wanted to tag along to just look-see.

Halfway through our journey, my driver was forced to turn back home because the road we were heading towards was closed.

Whyyyyy?

Because of demonstrations and protests. Apparently, thousands of angry cabbies took to the streets to protest against app-based transportation services such as Uber, GrabCar and Go-Jek.  They felt that their incomes had been adversely affected since the arrival of these ride-hailing apps.

 The result?

Major traffic disruptions, closure of big roads, huge jams, and violence. Sigh.

Really hope this passes soon and life can return back to normal.

If you’re interested:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/22/taxi-protest-causes-traffic-chaos-indonesian-capital.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/indonesia-jakarta-shut-taxi-driver-protest-apps-uber-160322071146744.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/protests-in-jakarta-over-app-based-transport-services-such-as-uber-grabcar-and-go-jek

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