Indonesian police fire tear gas, water cannon at Jakarta protesters

Indonesian police fire tear gas, water cannon at Jakarta protesters
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JAKARTA - Residents facing eviction from a flood-prone part of Indonesia's capital of Jakarta clashed with police on Thursday, prompting security forces to fire tear gas and water cannon.

Land disputes are common in Indonesia, where efforts by government and business to acquire and clear property are frequently held back by overlapping permits and a legacy of unclear land titles, often resulting in violence.

Several people were injured in Thursday's clashes, according to media reports. It was not immediately clear if any arrests were made.

The latest clash centres around efforts by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to remove squatters and demolish housing along the banks of Jakarta's Ciliwung River in Kampung Pulo, which frequently floods during the monsoon season.

A spokesman for Jakarta police was not immediately available to comment.

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