Monday, 23 September 2019 | 02:12 WIB

Violent Protests in Tanah Abang Causes Losses in the Hundreds of Millions for Retailers

Violent Protests in Tanah Abang Causes Losses in the Hundreds of Millions for Retailers (jakartakita)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A number of Tanah Abang Market traders said that they have suffered significant sales losses due to the May 22 protests that turned violent around the area.

Uda Boy, a Muslim clothes merchant in Block A, claimed to have lost a turnover of around IDR 100 million due to the riots that happened  in his business area. Uda Boy, who usually trades in the market with his wife, only serves customers via online, whose income is significantly less than direct sales at the Tanah Abang market.

In addition to Uda Boy, kebaya trader Maya Syarif said that she had to close the shop two days and lose a turnover of tens of millions of Rupiah. "Usually before Eid al-Fitr, we can sell large amounts of kebayas. We haven't sold any since yesterday because the store is closed," Maya said to Netralnews, Wednesday (05/22/2019).

Another trader, Lanni, who usually sells striped special t-shirts, says she had income loss of around IDR 5 million because the shop closes. "I can only post T-shirts to old customers via WA, but it turns out WA also doesn't work so it's really a two-day loss."

In adition, Ivan, a headscarf and veil seller in Block A, also experienced the same thing. The headscarves, veils and mukena could not be sold because the shops being closed.

"We also cannot sell online, as Instagram and Whatsapp are also disrupted. I hope the police can overcome the demonstration and tomorrow so that the capital's streets are conducive," said Ivan, who claimed to have lost hundreds of millions of rupiah in a day and a half.