A woman activist wears a mask in a vigil to commemorate the death of murdered labor activist Marsinah in Karawang, West Java, on Thursday. (Antara Photo/M. Ibnu Chazar)

Remembering the Death of Marsinah


MAY 10, 2019

Factory workers and activists attended two separate commemorations of the death of Marsinah, a labor activist who was brutally raped and murdered 26 years ago, on Thursday. 

The commemorations were held as part of "Kamisan," a weekly demonstration to remember victims of human right violations in Indonesia. 

Thursday's vigils for Marsinah were held at By Pass near Karawang, West Java, and at Aspirasi Park in Central Jakarta. This was the 585th Kamisan event and dedicated in remembrance of the "workers' heroine."

Marsinah was a worker at Catur Putra Surya, a watch factory in Porong near Sidoarjo, East Java. She led a protest to demand higher pay for workers at the factory. The protest succeeded but Marsinah then disappeared for three days. On May 8, 1993, her body, showing signs of extreme torture, was found in a forest near Jegong, a kampung in the Wilangan district of Nganjuk.

Every year in May since then, human rights activists, factory workers and union leaders commemorate Marsinah's tragic death to honor and celebrate her courage and keep her spirit of struggle alive.

Activist and unionist perform theatrical actions during the 585th kamisan in By Pass Karawang, West Java on Thursday (09/05) (Antara Photo/M Ibnu Chazar)
A street theater performed by activists and workers in Karawang. (Antara Photo/M. Ibnu Chazar)
Human rights activist performs as a killer during theatrical action in the 585th kamisan to commemorate the death of Marsinah at Kawarang, West Java on Thursday (09/05) (Antara Photo/M Ibnu Chazar)
A theatrical re-enactment of Marsinah's brutal murder. (Antara Photo/M. Ibnu Chazar)
Black umbrella-clad protesters demand justice for Marsinah during the 585th kamisan in front of State Palace, Central Jakarta on Thursday (09/05) (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Kamisan protesters under their customary black umbrellas demand justice for Marsinah in front of the State Palace. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Two protesters carry placard demanded that the government seriously and thoroughly investigate the case of Marsinah. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Two protesters demand investigation into Marsinah's still unsolved murder case. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)
Bandung residents lit candles on a scarf pictures three Indonesian human rights heroine; Marsinah, Wiji Thukul and Munir during the 585th kamisan in Vanda Park, Bandung, West Java on Thursday (09/05) (Antara Photo / Novrian Arbi)
Candles are lit for Marsinah, Wiji Thukul and Munir during a Kamisan event in Vanda Park, Bandung. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)
Mural tribute to Marsinah and the other Indonesian human rights activist are seen in Bekasi, West Java on Wednesday (01/05) (Antara Photo / Risky Andrianto)
A mural celebrating the lives of Marsinah and other murdered human rights activists in Bekasi. The text is from a poem by Wiji Thukul. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
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Factory workers visit Marsinah's grave in Nglundo near Nganjuk in East Java on May Day. (Antara Photo/Prasetia Fauzani)
Statue of Masinah is seen in Nglundo, Nganjuk, East Java on Wednesday (01/05) (Antara Photo/Prasetia Fauzani)
A statue of Marsinah as the 'Heroine of the Workers' in Nglundo. (Antara Photo/Prasetia Fauzani)