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Jakarta Post

Regulate street performers instead of punishing them

  • Lita Ambarwati


Yogyakarta   /   Sat, November 2, 2019   /  10:59 am
Regulate street performers instead of punishing them Buskers and other street performers are an important addition to any city’s cultural life. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

At the end of September, an outraged public demanded lawmakers postpone the passage of the revised Criminal Code (KUHP), which included the crime of vagrancy. The proposed punishment for the offense was a fine of Rp 1 million (US$ 71.19). Article 505 of the KUHP makes it a crime for people to wander from place to place without a visible means of support. This law and Article 504 on begging have been used to treat busking as a criminal offense. Both the vagrancy and begging laws are enforced in many cities and can carry a jail sentence. City streets in Indonesia now contain construction workers, street vendors, taxi drivers and others who each take their own culture, characteristics and modes of survival to the city. Although busking has always been an integral part of everyday street life, it is often under-recognized. Busking is an egalitarian form of cultural expression and, f...

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