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End shadows of intolerance post elections

  • Achmat Hilmi

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /  09:06 am
End shadows of intolerance post elections The Rajut Kejut knitting community pose together during Car Free Day on Jl. Sudirman, Central Jakarta. The group initiated an event called “Knitting Diversity” to encourage citizens to defuse conflict following the divisive election campaign and voting last week. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

The simultaneous elections have ended, but they have left a frenzy and disputes. A group that claims to be the most moderate in the country is no longer able to display the tenderness and progressive spirit of Islam; it is trapped in political barriers and becoming intolerant. Many seem to be fighting for their spirit of primordialism based on political factions, rather than the spirit of nationalism. During the presidential and legislative campaign period until polling day on April 17, security forces had managed to secure physical space but they never succeeded in reconciling virtual space. These simultaneous elections have not managed to assert the next president, the votes for whom are still being tallied by the General Elections Commission (KPU). Whoever wins the presidential seat seems to be a vague figure amid truth claims of “quick counts” of pollsters and &ldqu...

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