A series of violent demonstrations in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have forced 20 textile and garment factories to temporarily suspend their operations.

The West Java branch of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) say the rallied have already resulted in losses of US$93.5m for the companies.

Workers are protesting against the government's plans to amend a 2003 labor law, which would make it easier to dismiss employees and erode their job security. Businesses, however, say the current law is discouraging investment.