Celebrations were held across Jakarta on Saturday, as Indonesia marked its 74th Independence Day.

They included a national flag-hoisting ceremony at Jakarta's Merdeka Palace, parades and traditional games.

Footage shows a parade and local residents taking part in the Panjat Pinang competition with contestants climbing greasy poles to retrieve prizes.

Indonesia proclaimed its independence on August 17 1945, two days after Japan, which briefly occupied the country, announced its surrender in the Second World War.

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