LOMBOK, West Nusa Tenggara: At least 2,500 people from Lembar and Sekotong districts marched to their local legislative council office Monday in Gerung, West Lombok, urging the local government to repair the severely damaged roads in their districts.
The group became uncontrollable and damaged several facilities in the office.
The violence abruptly stopped all activities in the legislative building and the regental administration office next door.
"The (West Nusa Tenggara) Governor and regent only make promises every year... but they never keep them. We are tired of them and now we are urging them to keep their word," rally coordinator Abdul Madjid said.
In the past five years, the local government had not fixed the damaged roads in the two districts even though residents had reported the condition to the authorities, Madjid said. Because of the damage, it was difficult for them to transport and sell their harvests.
Initially the protesters insisted to meet with West Lombok Regent Iskandar but were blocked by police and public order officers. They became angered and threw bottles, stones and branches at the legislature building.