Thursday, January 28, 2010

28 January Protest

Thousands of students, workers, NGO activists held demonstrations in Jakarta and others cities in Indonesia today to protest against the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) which celebrated its 100th days in office.

The topic of their protests are the same i.e. wide spread corruption, Bank Century bailout, series of injustice, poverty, et cetera, et cetera. Besides, they demanded the resignation that those responsible for the allegedly mysterious bailout of Bank Century i.e. V.P Boediono and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani.

In Jakarta, the protests were held at the Presidential Place and the People's Representative Council.
 
Although there were reports of burning of effigies and photos of SBY and Boediono, and Police arrest of some violent demonstrators, however in general they have been quite peaceful. Thank God!

For detailed media reports, please clik here, here and here.

I am glad that the protests went quite peacefully, thanks to the protesters who were able to control themselves and the security officers for not over reacting in doing their duty.
I hope that the camaraderie and energy for said protests can also be used for other purposes which would bring much more benefits to our society, such as campaigning cleanliness, maintain environment, healthy life, et cetera, et cetera.

Photo: Courtesy of Detik.

9 comments:

Glenda Brill said...

Interesting news. Living in New York I don't get news about Indonesia, so it is good to see what is going on in that part of the world.

H. Nizam said...

Glenda,

Thank you for coming. I am glad that you like my blog.

umihoney said...

Those in power should allow this check and balance for the benefit of all. Absolute power corrupt absolutely. Thank you for sharing.

H. Nizam said...

Umi,

Thank you for quoting Lord Acton's saying: " Power tends to Corrupt, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely "
Those in power should pay serious attention on people's demands.

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colson said...

Great. Peaceful demonstrations are part of the democratic process. Though the elections gave the government a mandate, it is the proper way for parts of the people to demand policy corrections.

I wonder however what the demonstrators were aiming at; from poverty to corruption is a very wide scope. I guess the demonstrators would benefit by focussing on one topic.

H. Nizam said...

Colson,

It would be best if they protests against one topic.

But the protesters consists of several elements in society, each of them with its own motives :
Students, the idealists ones, want quick eradication of corruption, injustice & poverty;
Politicians want Boediono & Sri Mulyani replaced by ones they prefer;
Workers protested against ACFTA;
"Pro" protesters : people who are paid to protest against whatever they payer told them so.

Saung Web said...

The person we are now pleased demo ya .. not help thinking .....
we just wait until one year

H. Nizam said...

Saung Web,

Yes, a 100 days period is to short to judge the result of work of any government. Need at least one year like you said.