A martial law declared in Indonesia on Monday, which will include the entire country, has resulted in thousands of soldiers being deployed to key cities and the military having expanded its activities in the country.
The martial law has been declared in an attempt to deal with the crisis in the region after the country’s last democratically elected president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was toppled by military coup in May.
The declaration was approved by the military’s top commander, General Suharto, and was signed by President Joko Widodo, who has been leading the country since he was elected in 2017.
Indonesia’s president, Joko, speaks to the media during a visit to the Kota Tjungkalan hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 29, 2019.
Joko’s decision to declare martial law came after the Indonesian armed forces took control of the capital Jakarta on Sunday night and ordered the curfew in the city to remain in place.
The military said in a statement that troops were on the streets in Jakarta and in the provinces of Papua and Borneo, in addition to a number of towns and cities in the regions of Java and Sumatra.
The statement said the military is targeting terrorists and committing atrocities, and it will be waging an active war to prevent the spread of terrorism.
Thousands of soldiers have been deployed in the capital, where soldiers are patrolling the streets and in schools.
Jokowi also declared martial law over areas of the country that were in the grip of military rule for several days.
In addition, troops have been stationed at airports, schools, hospitals and in places where people are staying.
The president’s order came hours after he issued an executive order to increase the military budget to the highest levels since the end of the military dictatorship in the early 1990s, as well as a nationwide lockdown that has also been implemented.
Joke: “The soldiers who will be deployed to Jakarta today are all in the military, they’re all in uniform,” Jokolade said.
Jumilla Sibidi, who is a resident of the southern province of Aceh, told Al Jazeera that soldiers were standing guard in front of his home.
“They’re there to protect us.
They’ve also taken away the phones, and they’re checking everyone’s IDs,” he said.
Sibidis home is one of several areas that have been turned into military barracks, as part of the curfew.
“We’re living in fear of all the soldiers who are being deployed here, they are here in the middle of the night.
We don’t know what to do,” Sibid said.
The Indonesian army has also begun patrolling the country in a show of force, with soldiers patrolling Jakarta airport and in areas of other major cities.
“There are more than 100,000 soldiers deployed in all areas of Indonesia,” military spokesman Lt.
Col. Jusuf Bihari told reporters.
Soldiers have been patrolling the city of Suvung in Jakarta’s south-eastern suburbs, the Jakarta Post reported.
Soldiers in civilian clothes have been standing in front the gates of a military hospital, in the process of carrying out routine check-ups.
The armed forces have also expanded the scope of their operations in other parts of the world, with troops stationed in Australia, Australia, Germany, Spain, the United States, India and several other countries.
Indonesia is currently embroiled in a conflict between the Indonesian military and a rival Islamist insurgency.
The conflict has spilled over into neighbouring Malaysia, which has launched a military intervention against the insurgency.
In a video published by the Jakarta Globe newspaper on Monday morning, a group of Indonesian soldiers wearing camouflage and carrying assault rifles was seen standing in the front of a police station in the southern Indonesian city of Surabaya.