Indonesians demand wage hikes, free health care
JAKARTA (AFP) - Thousands of Indonesian workers protested in the capital Jakarta on Thursday to demand better wages nationwide and free health care as the economy in South-east Asia's biggest nation booms.
More than 10,000 workers rallied outside the presidential palace and Parliament as some 23,000 police and military personnel secured the city and Jakarta's industrial outskirts, police said.
"If the government doesn't listen to our requests, there will likely be another long strike," Indonesian Workers Union Confederation chief Said Iqbal shouted to thousands rallying at the capital's central roundabout.
Earlier this year, days-long mass strikes blocked major toll roads and crippled production at large international brand factories.