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Student protests in Jakarta on Tuesday 25 June turned violent, leaving at least 18 people injured and causing massive traffic jams that brought areas of the city to a virtual standstill.
Police used water cannons on the protesters, who responded by pelting the officers with stones. Several students were detained and questioned at Jakarta Police Headquarters. Another protest in front of Atma Jaya University, on Jl. Sudirman, also turned violent as students searched for government cars before burning one vehicle. Nine cars were damaged during the protests, including one that was completely burned out.
The rallies caused massive traffic jams, forcing office workers to seek alternative routes home.
At least 1,000 students gathered at the gates of the House of Representatives building, demanding they be allowed to take part in a plenary session being held to discuss the government's fuel price policy. The protesters blocked a section of Jl. Gatot Subroto, leaving only one lane available for vehicles. They burned tires in the street in front of the House and clashed with police when officers moved in to arrest the more violent protesters.
Facing pressure from students on the street, the House of Representatives decided to conduct a review of the government's unpopular fuel price policy. The House, however, dropped demands to summon the government to the House to explain the policy.
Of the 360 lawmakers present at Tuesday's plenary session, 233 voted for a petition to review the fuel price increase policy. Few in the main party, Golkar, supported the motion. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS) were the key groups swinging the decision for the petition. These factions had previously said a review was unnecessary.