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    Indonesia - Anti-RUUKPK/RKUHP Riots

    I doubt anything is as it seems in Indonesia. Everything there seems to be run by large shady organisations and obscenely wealthy people.

    It sounds like a law to give the cops a longer menu to coerce bribes out of people, and constraining the pesky anticorruption office from intervening.

    People I know there don't think it will be enforced in any way, second riots this year... and there was the march last december by people dressed in black with black flags, which I saw first hand.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septem...ests_and_riots


    Hundreds Of Students, Police Injured In Massive Anti-Corruption Protests In Indonesia

    The protests, which have at times turned violent, have seen police firing tear gas and water cannons at rock-throwing protesters.

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 300 university students and police in Indonesia’s capital have been treated at hospitals after clashing with police during protests sparked by a new law that critics say cripples the country’s anti-corruption agency, police said Wednesday.


    Jakarta police chief Gatot Eddy Pramono told a news conference that at least 265 students and 39 police officers were treated in several hospital and the country’s capital, with their injuries ranging from minor to serious.



    ament last week reduces the authority of the Corruption Eradication Commission, a key body in fighting endemic graft in the country. The fallout from the new law, which underlines Indonesia’s challenge in changing its graft-ridden image, has threatened the credibility of President Joko Widodo, who recently won a second term after campaigning for clean governance.

    Corruption is endemic in Indonesia and the anti-graft commission, one of the few effective institutions in the country of nearly 270 million people, is frequently under attack by lawmakers who want to reduce its powers.

    Hundreds of officials from various branches of government have been arrested since the independent anti-graft commission was established in 2002 as part of people’s demands during a reform movement following the ouster of the country’s longtime strongman leader, Suharto.

    Activists say the revision weakens the powers of one of the most credible public institutions in a country where the police and parliament are perceived as being widely corrupt.

    The revisions also reduce its independence, with investigators becoming civil servants who need to be seconded from state bodies, including the police.

    The new protests are not associated with a particular party or group, and instead are led by students, who historically have been a driving force of political change. Their demonstrations in 1998 triggered events that led Suharto to step down.

    Those demonstrating this week are demanding that Widodo issue a government regulation replacing the new law.

    The protesters also urged parliament to delay votes on a new criminal code that would criminalize or increase penalties on a variety of sexual activities, as well as other bills on mining, land and labor. Opponents say the proposed criminal code threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Student protesters are sprayed with a polic

    Widodo met Tuesday with lawmakers, whose terms finish at the end of this month, to urge them to delay votes on the bills after considering public concerns. Lawmakers then delayed their votes on the proposed laws in their last plenary session.

    Critics say the criminal code bill contains articles that violate the rights of women, religious minorities, lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, as well as freedoms of speech and association.

    The planned revisions prompted Australia to update its travel advice, warning tourists of risks they could face from extramarital or gay sex if the bill is passed.




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    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/indon...b08f48f4acf762

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    The Indonesian Papuans have joined the Uighers (and who knows how many other oppressed cultures) on the list of those unfortunate enough to live within aggressive nationalist states.

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    Indonesia is a mix of factions... Timorese (and related), Moluccans, Bataks, on the fringes tend to band together; Papuans out on the edge never really wanted to be part of it; Balinese and Manadonese keep a low profile politically to keep their thing going. Then amongst the rest, all kinds of factions, ormas, police, army, islamists, it lacks the unity of places like Thailand and Cambodia. Is maybe a bit more like Burma in its tribalism; not like China at all.

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