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.