Human rights activist Maria Sumarsih, right, who lost her son in the 1998 riots, leads the weekly Kamisan protest in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protestors Accuse Jokowi of Undemocratic Behavior

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Black-clad protesters held a rally in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday to express disappointment with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for ratifying revisions of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law and Water Resources Law.

Members of the Kamisan movement, comprising victims and families of victims of human rights violations, who have been holding weekly peaceful protests since January 2007, also criticized the government for plans to also approve revisions to Indonesia's Criminal Code.

Dozens of protestors, led by human rights activist Maria Sumarsih, accused Jokowi of fascistic and undemocratic behavior.

The also called on the government to act decisively against the perpetrators of forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra, which have been blanketing parts of the country and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore in choking haze since August.

A protester holds up a poster with the words, 'burn one joint [of cannabis], judged; burn a forest, protected,' in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester holds up a poster with the words, 'burn one joint [of cannabis], judged; burn a forest, protected,' in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters demand that the government postpone revisions to Indonesia's Criminal Code. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters demand that the government postpone revisions to Indonesia's Criminal Code. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester accuses President Jokowi of undemocratic and fascistic behavior. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester accuses President Jokowi of undemocratic and fascistic behavior. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman addresses the protestors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman addresses the protestors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Participants, including students, activists, victims of human rights violations and the elderly, carry black umbrellas that have come to be associated with the protest movement. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Participants, including students, activists, victims of human rights violations and the elderly, carry black umbrellas that have come to be associated with the Kamisan protest movement. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds up a poster with the words, 'caught making love, sentenced to prison; millions lost due to corruption, still in power,' during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds up a poster with the words, 'caught making love, sentenced to prison; millions lost due to corruption, still in power,' during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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