Security Update: Jakarta Protests 23 May 2019

On Tuesday 21 May 2019, following the early release of the results of the 2019 Indonesian presidential election, in which the incumbent President Joko Widodo was announced as the winner, a number of large protests have been staged in Jakarta in support of Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

While these protests initially began peacefully on Tuesday, they turned violent over the course of the evening and into Wednesday 22 May 2019.  The protests have resulted in six deaths, over 200 injured, and a number of arrests were made. This has been widely reported in the BBC and other media outlets.

While there has been no increase in the overall level of DFAT’s travel advice for Indonesia (including Jakarta), the Australian government has advised citizens that it is likely that demonstrations may continue throughout the 23 May, particularly in the vicinity of the Electoral Commission’s office and has advised that citizens should avoid these areas.

Given the Australian government’s advice, the ACICIS Resident Director has advised all students that Jakarta is off-limits until further notice.  While there is no particular reason for alarm at present, ACICIS staff in Indonesia will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and will provide further updates should this be necessary.

A precautionary headcount has been undertaken by the ACICIS Resident Director this morning and the safety and whereabouts of all current ACICIS students has been confirmed. There are no ACICIS students currently in Jakarta.
At this stage, ACICIS programs currently taking place in the cities of Yogyakarta, Bandung, Bogor and Malang have been unaffected by the unrest in Central Jakarta and will proceed as normal.

Regardless, students with any safety or security concerns are strongly encouraged to discuss these with the ACICIS Resident Director and in-country staff. Friends, family and home university staff are welcome to discuss any concerns they may have with the ACICIS Secretariat (08 6488 6675 / acicis@acicis.edu.au).

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director
23 May 2019

Security Advice Clarification: Lion Air Services: 18 April 2019

ACICIS has recently received queries regarding whether the security advice issued on 29 October 2018, instructing all ACICIS participants to avoid using Lion Air for domestic or international travel until further notice, still stands.

This initial advice was issued in light of the fatal crash of Lion Air Flight JT610, killing all on board, and the Australian government’s subsequent prohibition on its officials or contactors flying on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines until the findings of the crash investigation became clear.

At present, the Australian government’s advice instructing its officials or contactors not to fly on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines that operate outside of Australia is still in place. Current and prospective ACICIS students are, therefore, still instructed not to fly on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines (with the exception of services operating to and from Australia) until further notice. ACICIS does not utilise Lion Air services as part of any official program activities.

Students requiring further clarification on this advice are welcome to contact the ACICIS Resident Director. Likewise, staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions prospective students, family, friends and member university staff might have.  Queries may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat on 08 6488 6675 or at acicis@acicis.edu.au.

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director