As the issue of the raising in petrol prices in Indonesia reach (almost) its boiling point yesterday night as the parliament vote in favour for a new amendments that practically give green light to the goverment to raise the petrol price. while exactly when and how much of a raise is still wait to be seen, demonstration against the raise has been taking a rised since this last few days.
yesterday demonstration by the student from the university of Nomensen end up being anarchist, KFC that is right opposite their campus fell victim, the place is totalled. Hotel Angkasa on the other side of the campus is getting their fair share of the mob mentality of this so called "university student". this is one of the more violent demonstration with plenty of other spots where street are being totally closed and tyre being burnt everywhere. the last 2 days street leading to polonia airport has been closed by demontrators forcing traveler to walk into the airport, that is if you end up walking inside safely in one piece, with thing like this you just never know when it will turn violence
while its no where near the extreme level of the 1998 riot, it does looks like things are escalating pretty quickly. more tyre being burn in the middle of a street and mob taking over and intersection being reported today.
out of town tourist destination like Lake Toba, Berastagi and Bukit Lawang is not effected in any way by the time of writing. but you still need to navigate your way out of Medan to get there.
here are some links to pictures: