The National Monument area

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Our hotel (Alila Hotel Jakarta) was in a rather scruffy area of the city, which smartened up as we got closer to the National Monument. Perhaps this was because the Presidential Palace was just across the road?

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Plenty of people were sitting around in the park, but two things came to our attention: the pigeon coupes and the policemen! I was a bit reluctant to take photos of all the security arrangements in the park, but they were clearly getting ready for trouble. It turned out that there were anti-Israeli demonstrations planned for the next day, as the Americans were moving their embassy to Jerusalem.

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Near the National Monument is a statue of Mohammad Husni Thamrin, a political thinker and designated National Hero of Indonesia (1894-1941). I have a lot to learn yet about modern Indonesian history, but not enough time to digest it right now.

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