Indonesia is set to host the 2020 Winter Olympics with an unprecedented wave of protests.
The protests have turned to street demonstrations over the country’s plans to rebrand the streets of Jakarta and other cities into runway fashion exchanges.
More than 6,000 people have been arrested, the most since a series of mass rallies last year, according to Human Rights Watch.
Indonesia’s parliament has approved plans to rename the streets, the main target of the protests, to the International Flats, or International Exchange, in recognition of the government’s commitment to the development of the country.
The government has also approved a plan to make Jakarta the world’s second-most-populous city, ahead of Tokyo.
But the government is still in the process of drafting a national identity document, and there are widespread fears that the name change will undermine the countrys commitment to open its borders and open its economy.
The International Flattening Exchange is an initiative of the International Association of Style & Beauty Exchanges (IABE), an international fashion community that represents brands and retailers from around the world.
The IABE said on Wednesday that it has agreed to support the project and has set up an expert committee to work on the name.
“We are ready to work together to achieve the vision of the IABEs vision and ensure the international exchange can be successfully launched and maintained,” said a spokesperson for the association.
In an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, a senior IABe official, Dr Heng Soli, said the name “should be chosen with the most important objective being to open up our streets and create a new identity for Indonesia”.
“If it means that there will be more and more people who feel excluded, then I think it is better than a new name that will be imposed on our streets,” he said.
The plan to name the streets as international exchange has been criticised by Jakarta’s residents, who are also concerned that the project will lead to the creation of more expensive housing and social housing.
The local government is currently in the middle of a three-month consultation process, during which residents and representatives of local companies are expected to give feedback on the proposal.
The proposal is also opposed by local business owners, who argue that the plan will increase prices and increase the risk of crime.
In a statement, the Jakarta Post said that the proposal is “extremely problematic for the development and development of Jakarta”, adding that the government should take action to make the streets accessible to all.
The Jakarta Post quoted the mayor of the city, Muhammad Hadi, as saying that the proposed name change “isn’t about the exchange of products, it is about a new concept of an exchange”.
“This is not about building up Jakarta.
This is about building a city that is open to the rest of the world,” he told the newspaper.
Jakarta is home to more than 6 million people, according the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).