Protests

Major casualties after Indonesian election protests turn violent

KONFRONTASI -    Six people lost their lives while more than 200 suffered injuries after mobs clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital following the release of official election results a day earlier, authorities said on Wednesday.

"Six people have died so far. Two at Tarakan Hospital and then at Pelni, Budi Kemulyaan, Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSAL Mintoharjo hospitals," The Jakarta Post quoted Jakarta's Governor Anies Baswedan as saying.

Protests erupt in Brazilian cities over outsourcing of jobs

KONFRONTASI - Thousands of workers have staged rallies across a dozen cities in Brazil to protest against a proposed law that would allow companies to outsource jobs.

The Tuesday rallies were organized by the Central Workers Union (CTB), Brazil's largest labor union umbrella organization, ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers on the measure.

Approximately 3,000 demonstrators showed up in front of the National Congress in the federal capital of Brasilia, where they briefly clashed with police.

Hong Kong shares fall, banks close amid protests

KONFRONTASI - In Hong Kong, shares have tumbled and banks have temporarily closed down as protesters demanding election reforms continue to take to the streets despite confrontation by police forces.

On Monday, shares fell and Hong Kong’s dollar dropped to a six-month low while some schools, businesses, and banks closed down as a result of the protests.

Banks in Hong Kong including HSBC, Citigroup, Bank of China, Standard Chartered, and DBS temporarily closed down some branches.