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Indonesia police fire tear gas at protesters in Jakarta - Reuters witness

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police fired tear gas on Tuesday in am effort to disperse demonstrators in central Jakarta, a Reuters witness said, amid a second week of protests over a controversial new labour law.

The demonstrators are demanding that the law, designed to attract investors and cut bureaucracy, be repealed and say it threatens labour rights and favours big business.

Protests took place in multiple locations involving thousands of Indonesians last week, some of which saw streets tyres burned and rocks hurled, leading to several thousand people being held.

Reporting by Jakarta bureau; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Louise Heavens