Eggi Sudjana speaks with journalists in this undated file photo. (B1 Photo/Danung Arifin)

Eggi Sudjana Summoned for Questioning by Police Over Call for 'People Power'


APRIL 26, 2019

Jakarta. Police summoned lawyer-turned-politician Eggi Sudjana for questioning on Friday over his "people power" threats, which had gone viral on social media and messaging platforms, related to the 2019 elections.

Jakarta Police spokesman Senior Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono confirmed to that Eggi, a legislative candidate for the National Mandate Party (PAN), would be  questioned as a witness at 2 p.m.

This comes after Dewi Ambarwati Tanjung, a member of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), reported him  to police on Wednesday over a video in which he allegedly calls for mass action, as he believes the elections had been tainted by cheating.

The allegations against the politician include hate speech and his purported involvement in a planned a coup against the government.

The video went viral on WhatsApp and YouTube on April 17, the day millions of Indonesians went to the polls in simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.

The video drew widespread criticism from various groups and individuals. A mass organization supporting Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin also filed a report to the police on April 19.

The term "people power" has become a sensitive topic in Indonesia over fears that this may result in chaos and sharpen divisions between the country's people. The issue was championed by supporters of rival presidential and vice-presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, who have lost the election, according to all quick-count results by registered pollsters.

The strongest threat has come from Amien Rais, an Islamic scholar-turned-politician, who was previously known as a reformer who masterminded the 1998 mass action, which ultimately toppled the authoritarian New Order regime of President Suharto.