Text your say: Students’ violent protests
Flying rocks: Police officers in Makassar, South Sulawesi, try to calm down students, throwing rocks at officers. The incident occurred after hundreds of residents approached the demonstrating students near the campus of Makassar University last week. JP/Andi Hajramurni
Looking back through history, our country has had a tradition of violence. It happened long before the colonial era.
The situation has not changed because there has been no significant progress in our education.
The people, even university students, are easily provoked to commit violence.
Meanwhile, we cannot hope to learn from the example of our leaders and politicians.
People often take the law in their own hands due to their dissatisfaction with their leaders.
In the case of the violent protests in Makassar, it was sparked by an attack on the headquarters of a student association by people, the students believed, who were ordered to, and unfortunately, it spread to other cities.
Demonstrations can be bought, why not elections?
Maybe certain elites want to keep the majority of Indonesians poor and uneducated so they can play their powers and enrich themselves even more!
Shame on them and their miserable characters so prominently displayed during the entire Century charade (which was by the way already called Bank Century scandal in a TV-station from day one onwards — wonder why — seemed quite a pre-meditated “scandal”) and truly God help Indonesia and all Indonesians from this politicians and so-called “elites”!
I think it’s confusing nowadays because many people are too quick to blame others.
Let’s start solving the problems together, safe and sound.
Pati, Central Java
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